Sinking of ‘Perfect Storm’ Ship Delayed, Ironically, Due to Weather

United States Coast Guard Lt. William Moeller of Northford, Conn., poses in front of the USS Tamaroa Tuesday, May 30, 2000.  (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)

CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. (AP) — The intentional sinking of the ship made famous in the book and film “The Perfect Storm” has been delayed again, this time due to weather conditions.

In 1991, the Tamaroa was used to rescue the crew of a sailboat off Nantucket and a downed Air National Guard helicopter crew.

It was scheduled to be sunk Tuesday off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts where it will become an artificial reef near Cape May Point.

The sinking was supposed to happen last year on the 25th anniversary of the famous storm, but it was held up by tests.

Before being sunk, the ship had to be screened for potentially dangerous chemicals.

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