June 7th, 2014 by Piper Smith
Yes! People actually sink ships for wreck diving sites, to create artificial reefs to stimulate oceanic environmental growth, and as professional, as well as commercial, training sites. Excessive heavy components are removed from the old ship, towed to the place of sinkage, filled its compartments with water to prevent rolling, and it is ready for demolition. Dynamite is used to blow holes in the ship (a process termed “scuttling”) in a way that allows the heavier parts of the ship to sink first so that the ship is sunk in the upright position! Cool, huh? Then it’s primed and ready for use!
Picture caption: A ship in the process of being scuttled.