I spent most of the day on Friday going out to the Del-Jersey-Land Reef Site to watch the sinking of the Cape May Lewes Ferry Twin Capes. The weather was absolutely perfect with almost flat seas for the two and a half hour ride to the reef site on one of the service boats from Slaughter Beach.
Once on site we watched as the contractor from Coleen Marine in Norfolk, Virginia did the final cuts needed to allow water to get in inside the ferry. Their service boat left ahead of us and the workmen were already inside the ship when we arrived around 9:30 AM.
I have been on several of these sinkings and some ships just don’t want to go down. Once the last holes are cut in the hull it can take hours before they settle beneath the waves. God love the Twin Capes, the crew got back on the service boat after 11:00 AM and she was gone by 11:55.
According to Jeff Tinsman (DNREC), the hull will be covered in mussels by this spring and after that an entire ecosystem will take over.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.