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RECDiver
11-10-2007, 16:29
I received an email from American Diving this afternoon stating the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is 2-4 foot seas. If this holds the ship will be reefed on Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed!

Soonerwink
11-10-2007, 21:44
It's about time, I'm looking forward to making a trip down there next year to dive it. How are the diving conditions there in the Spring?

danktex
11-11-2007, 21:11
I can't wait to get wet on this one. Lets hope this time is for real.

RECDiver
11-12-2007, 10:18
I should have an announcement in the morning.

texdiveguy
11-12-2007, 10:38
I received an email from American Diving this afternoon stating the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is 2-4 foot seas. If this holds the ship will be reefed on Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed!

That good news.

ReefHound
11-12-2007, 11:17
NOAA says a bit higher seas.

THURSDAY
EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

FRIDAY
SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

RECDiver
11-14-2007, 10:47
The reefing of the Texas Clipper has been moved to Friday, November 16. She will be towed out to her final resting place in the morning and reefed in the early afternoon. If you are interested in viewing the sinking you can check the TPWD website for information at Texas Clipper Ship Overview (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/texas_clipper.phtml).

RECDiver
11-14-2007, 19:10
The Texas Clipper is to be towed through the jetties at South Padre between 9-9:30am give or take. If you check the webcam at South Padre Island Texas Live Cams Surf Beach Bay Weather Hotel Condo Spring Break Real Estate (http://www.spadre.com/), the middle cam is a view of the jetties. One might get a glimse of the ship as she is being towed out.

RECDiver
11-14-2007, 19:35
There is an interesting article on the Texas Clipper on News8 Austin at
News 8 Austin | 24 Hour Local News | TOP STORIES (http://news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=195271).

Chad
11-15-2007, 09:41
I am glad this is finally happening. Sadly I will probably have to wait until next year to dive it.

divermike49
11-15-2007, 14:02
Delayed until Saturday, November 17th.
TPWD: News Roundup: Texas Clipper Artificial Reef Project (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/news_roundup/texas_clipper/index.phtml)

RECDiver
11-15-2007, 21:46
Yep, got the phone call on my way down to South Padre. They are sinking it early Saturday morning.

ReefHound
11-16-2007, 14:45
A little bird tells me she has left the dock and is under tow!

RECDiver
11-16-2007, 17:51
Yep, she is on the way to her final resting place. We got pics and video both during the ride down the channel from the Port of Brownsville to just past the jetties. She will be reefed in the morning!

Soonerwink
11-17-2007, 10:48
Yep, she is on the way to her final resting place. We got pics and video both during the ride down the channel from the Port of Brownsville to just past the jetties. She will be reefed in the morning!
Wheres the pics?

ReefHound
11-17-2007, 10:51
Pics and short videos here. (http://www.thetexasclipper.com/towingphotos.html)

ReefHound
11-17-2007, 13:01
The Clipper has been sunk, stern broke water at 12:35 pm, initial indications are she is resting on her side.

Soonerwink
11-17-2007, 17:57
Is there any photos or videos of the sinking? I would like to see them. I have already started a drive for our dive club to make a trip down there next Spring.

ReefHound
11-17-2007, 18:06
I'm glad you asked.

The Texas Clipper (http://www.thetexasclipper.com/)

Soonerwink
11-17-2007, 18:13
Thanks ReefHound, did you get a chance to see it live? I am watching sinking of an aircraft carrier on discovery channel right now. I hope they do a show like this on the Texas Clipper.

ReefHound
11-17-2007, 18:16
No, I'm in Houston today but I'm headed to SPI in the morning and hope to dive her Monday.

Soonerwink
11-17-2007, 19:39
Be sure and post a dive report when you get back, looking forward to it.

divermike49
11-17-2007, 21:04
news articles of the sinking
Old Texas A&M ship becomes artificial reef | News for Austin, Texas | kvue.com | Top Stories (http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories/111707kvuetamuship-mm.121b174f.html)
Texas A&M's WWII ship sunk off Texas coast | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5310595.html)
photos at:
Scuba Instructor Training - American Diving - Diving the South Texas waters of the Gulf of Mexico (http://www.divesouthpadre.com/)

RECDiver
11-18-2007, 12:11
The sinking was fantastic, despite 3-6 foot seas. Awhile after the valves were opened she took on a port list. Once water started going into the lower cutaways in the hull it did not take long for her to go down bow first with a heavy list to port. It was reported to Tim O'Leary that the top was at 62 feet, not 50 feet if she had been upright. I have not had time to review my video yet, but will later today.
To those diving her on Monday, have a safe and fantastic trip. Sea condition forecast, at least as of yesterday, was for 1-3 foot seas on Monday.

divermike49
11-19-2007, 21:40
A bunch of pictures, and links to the youtube videos on this site:
Texas Clipper - A Perfect place to come Scuba Diving, Wreck Style, in South Padre Island, Texas (http://www.thetexasclipper.com/)

ReefHound
11-20-2007, 08:02
She resisted but we prevailed. TPWD didn't clear her until after 3pm so we did a nearby rig the first dive since we wouldn't have enough daylight for two on the Clipper. High point is indeed 62 feet and she is more than 90 degrees rolled, more like 100 degrees so slightly hull up. I hear there was a performance bond requiring her upright so maybe after all the requisite legal battles they will try to right her. That should be interesting.

Anyway, the dive was cool and we had a number of ex-cadets who had served on the ship. We tried to cover as much ground as possible, so we were just getting an overview rather than detail. Viz was understandably murky, maybe 20 feet above 90' and less below that. I don't recall but I think my max was 110'. Below are some unedited pics, including one of the plaque.

RECDiver
11-20-2007, 09:03
Thank you for sharing Reefhound. Sorry, you didn't get in two dives.

texdiveguy
11-20-2007, 09:08
She resisted but we prevailed. TPWD didn't clear her until after 3pm so we did a nearby rig the first dive since we wouldn't have enough daylight for two on the Clipper. High point is indeed 62 feet and she is more than 90 degrees rolled, more like 100 degrees so slightly hull up. I hear there was a performance bond requiring her upright so maybe after all the requisite legal battles they will try to right her. That should be interesting.

Anyway, the dive was cool and we had a number of ex-cadets who had served on the ship. We tried to cover as much ground as possible, so we were just getting an overview rather than detail. Viz was understandably murky, maybe 20 feet above 90' and less below that. I don't recall but I think my max was 110'. Below are some unedited pics, including one of the plaque.

Is she resting on her starboard/port side...can't tell?

ReefHound
11-20-2007, 09:13
Port side.

texdiveguy
11-20-2007, 09:17
Port side.

Hey thanks....sorry you only got in one dive....but least you folks made it...thanks for the report and pictures! Now to plan my 9.5 hour trek down myself.

How was your experience with American Diving?

ReefHound
11-20-2007, 09:53
I'm headed out the door to visit family, will tell you more later. Some things I like and don't like about them, but this trip was so unique it's hard to say if this was representative. We literally headed out to sea with no definite plan.

texdiveguy
11-20-2007, 10:01
I'm headed out the door to visit family, will tell you more later. Some things I like and don't like about them, but this trip was so unique it's hard to say if this was representative. We literally headed out to sea with no definite plan.

Cool....long forward to your thoughts on the AD charter......have a good day with the family!

Soonerwink
11-20-2007, 19:04
Thanks for the report, keep us informed on any news you hear.

mcc2318
11-22-2007, 14:59
lookin forward to diving this one

divermike49
11-28-2007, 15:45
There are underwater photos on the American Diving site:
The Texas Clipper (http://www.thetexasclipper.com/html/photo_galleries/photo_gallery.html)