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Oriskany's Island (Tower) Dive Site in Pensacola, Florida Waterproof 3D Dive Site Card
Oriskany's Island (Tower) Dive Site in Pensacola, Florida Waterproof 3D Dive Site Card Description:
This 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" card provides a detailed depiction of the Oriskany's Island (Tower) dive site in Pensacola, Florida. Each waterproof card is double sided, made of durable PVC plastic and is designed to be taken on the dive. They are also 3 hole punched to fit in standard log books.
Oriskany Dive Site in Pensacola, Florida:
After nearly two years of delays caused by hurricanes and permitting issues, the USS Oriskany was successfully sunk on May 17, 2006, to become the world’s largest intentionally created artificial reef. Hundreds of boats passed by the "Mighty O" after she was towed to the deployment site about 22 miles offshore of Pensacola. The U.S. Navy used more than 500 pounds of plastic explosives in controlled charges to blow holes into the 888-foot aircraft carrier. Boaters watching from a mile away saw the flashes of explosives and smoke before the stern went under. The bow lifted into the air, the rusty flight deck slipped under the water and the Oriskany was sunk in just 37 minutes.
The massive aircraft carrier rests in 212 feet of water in a north-south orientation on the sandy bottom. The flight deck is at 130 feet (original reports claimed it was 150 feet -- a bit too deep for recreational divers). With an overall height of 151 feet, there is plenty of ship to view within recreational dive limits. The "island" where the bridge and flight deck control are located along with eight decks rises above the flight deck. Divers checking the site the day after Oriskany's sinking reported seeing the tower from the surface and underwater visibility of 100 feet.