Old clunker becomes new reef

Tug American, left, is towed several miles from Manteo, NC by the tugboat Justin. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef.

Tug American, left, is towed several miles from Manteo, NC by the tugboat Justin. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef.

Tug American, left, is towed several miles from Manteo, NC by the tugboat Justin. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Tug American, left, is towed several miles from Manteo, NC and placed in position by the tugboat Justin. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef.

Tug American, left, is towed several miles from Manteo, NC and placed in position by the tugboat Justin. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, right, prepare to flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, right, prepare to flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, left, flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, left, flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, left, flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, left, flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, left, flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Crew members of the tugboat Justin, left, flood the hull of the American. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Crew members of the tugboat Justin watch as the American begins to sink. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Crew members of the tugboat Justin watch as the American begins to sink. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Crew members of the tugboat Justin watch as the American begins to sink. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Crew members of the tugboat Justin watch as the American begins to sink. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tugboat American was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

Crew members of the tugboat Justin watch as the American sinks below. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC.

Crew members of the tugboat Justin watch as the American sinks below. Built in 1951 for moving coal barges and icebreaking, the 88 foot tug was sunk Monday, January 27, 2020, to become an artificial reef several miles offshore of Manteo, NC. (Stephen M. Katz/)

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