Congrats to the HMNZS Canterbury team...
MZ - Advanced /Consultant
November 4, 2007 at 22:54:29
Congratulations to the Canterbury team with a successful sinking. A true large scale mission that will benefit many, well done!
Wee note of correction on this article......the frigate Wellington did not go down bow first and break in two, she actually sunk stern first. As a result of sinking stern first her bow ended up 1m off the seabed, held by its anchor chains to a 12tonne mushroom anchor. Approx 4 months after sinking the frigate Wellingon sustained 3 days of 13m+(40ft) swell. As she had no chance to settle before this huge storm with smaller swells, the bow was literally torn off by the anchor. The rest of the ship then slewed tp port, breaking its back and spliting in two. Wellington is now a 3 dive adventure.
LIke Waikato, Tui and the Rainbow Warrior, the frigate Wellington is a very different and amazing dive! Canterbury will evolve in her own way as the sea now has control, and she too will also be an exciting, and unique dive.....her own local species takling hold!
The north island is now covered!! ....the 3 sisters, Leander class frigates Canterbury, Waikato, Wellington, all living on as thriving hugely biodiverse reefs and enthralling thousands.