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473-foot clipper sunk into Gulf of Mexico to form an artificial reef

A 473-foot Texas Clipper ship was towed into the Gulf of Mexico where crews sank it.
The clipper which started as World War II transport is off the coast of South Padre Island.
This ship could help generate up to $30,000,000 annually in fishing and scuba diving tourism. It's hoped the clipper's structure will form an artificial reef and create a community of corals and fish.

The sinking of the ship was set for Thursday, but weather delayed its descent to a resting place -- 134 feet below in the Gulf of Mexico. After World War II, where it carried troops from Pacific battlefields, the Texas Clipper was re-commissioned as the S.S. Excambion. During that time, the clipper carried passengers in grand style between New York City and Mediterranean ports.

Finally, it sailed as the U.S.T.S. Texas Clipper, a Galveston maritime-training vessel for Texas A&M University.

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Added: Nov-19-2007 
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