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Ship From 'Perfect Storm' Remains Unsinkable

At least until the EPA gives its approval
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Ship From 'Perfect Storm' Remains Unsinkable
The Tamaroa saved seven lives during 1991's "Perfect Storm." Now officials are trying to sink it.   (US Coast Guard)

A quarter of a century later and the ship from the "Perfect Storm" remains unsinkable. The Record reports Delaware officials had planned to sink the 73-year-old Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa last year, adding it to the artificial reef off the coast of Delaware and New Jersey. But the EPA is still waiting for confirmation that the famous ship has been completely cleaned of cancer-causing PCBs. After serving in WWII, the Tamaroa saved seven lives during a 1991 storm that created 40-foot waves and 70mph winds. Its exploits were documented in a book and George Clooney-starring film—both called The Perfect Storm. Officials had hoped to sink the Tamaroa on the storm's 25th anniversary in November. At this point it won't be sunk until late spring at the earliest after the end of winter weather. (Read more ship stories.)

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