Episode 204: Sinking the Vandenberg
In the turquoise blue waters of the Florida Keys, a new attraction is drawing scuba divers from around the world: The USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg. The Vandenberg is the world’s second largest intentionally sunk shipwreck.
Prior to being sunk, this mighty ship transported troops to the battlefields of World War II, carried European refugees to distant shores, and later helped win the Cold War. Left abandoned for years as part of a ghost fleet, the Vandenberg has at last found her final resting place – seven miles off Key West, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
In her last mission as an artificial reef, this massive ship is already attracting a variety of fish and other marine life. Now, natural resources managers are trying to determine what impact this artificial reef has on fish populations and the health of the surrounding natural reefs.
Meet the experts featured in this episode.
Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:
Vandenberg Entertainment, LLC
Paradigm Productions, LLC
Key West, FL
Air Force Missile Test Center
United States Air Force
Aris System Management Group
Sperry Gyroscope Company
Division Sperry Rand Corporation
Sinking the Vandenberg: Glimpse into Editing
Peek inside the editing room as editor Sean Hickey puts together Season 2's last episode, "Sinking the Vandenberg."
Changing Seas & Atocha Coin
Ever dreamt of finding a Spanish treasure? Sean Hickey, cameraman/editor is itching to get back down to Key West to look for a special treat that is hidden on the Vandenberg.