The Shearwater was sunk onto the Del-Jersey-Land Reef on Dec. 11, 2015.
Shearwater was sunk at approximate coordinates of 38 deg. 31.200’ N Latitude and 074 deg. 30.800’W Longitude, approximately 26 nautical miles southeast of Indian River Inlet.
The 165 foot vessel sank in 120 feet of water about one-half nautical mile from the 568-foot ex-destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford.
Prior to sinking, the vessel had served the Army and Navy before becoming a civilian ship. Shearwater had ended its working life in 2012 as a menhaden boat out of Reedville, Va.
The Del-Jersey-Land Reef, also known as Delaware Reef Site 13, is one of
numerous artificial reef sites established by DNREC’s Division of Fish
Delaware has 14 permitted artificial reef sites in the Delaware Bay and coastal waters, with five of the sites located in federal (ocean) waters.
source: DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife