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08/23/07

DNR Sinks Research Vessel for Artificial Reef Project

The Jane Yarn almost 40 minutes after valves were opened to flood her. The Jane Yarn almost 40 minutes after valves were opened to flood her.

It was fond farewell to a beloved boat on the Atlantic Ocean Thursday afternoon, but also a new beginning.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources towed the research vessel Jane Yarn out to J Reef, about 20 miles off the Georgia coast, in order to sink her and add her to an artificial reef project the department manages.

The boat was donated by Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, which had used it for research for about ten years before retiring it. In fact, it was named for Jane Yarn, a well-respected conservationist who was instrumental in working with the Carter administration to secure Gray's Reef as a marine sanctuary.

The vessel was thoroughly cleaned before being towed out, in order not to pollute the ocean. Valves were installed in the hull and opened in order to flood it.

It took about 40 minutes for the old boat to go down, but finally it up-ended and sank.

Members of NOAA's Gray's Reef team who worked aboard the Jane Yarn say the boat's final resting place as a habitat for marine life is well suited to its namesake's love of coastal waters.

They hope J Reef, which is about ten miles outside of the Gray's Reef sanctuary, might one day bear the name Jane Yarn itself.

Reported by: Charles Gray, cgray@wtoc.com

 

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