Built in 1974 by the Todd Shipyard in Houston, Texas for the 17-mile run between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware, the ferry Twin Capes has been scuttled after attempts to sell it for further trading failed.

The 44-year-old ferry Twin Capes was scuttled off the coast of Delaware as part of the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Artificial Reef following unsuccessful attempts to sell it for further trading.

Once appraised at $5.5 million after a $27 million refit in 1996, the 320ft by 68ft vessel fell victim to high operating costs and had to be withdrawn from full-time service in 2010, then laid up in 2013.

Earlier this year it was sold for $200,000 to Coleen Marine of Norfolk, Virginia, the contractor for the Delaware state artificial reef programme, who towed it 26 miles beyond Cape May, New Jersey where it was sunk in close proximity to the already scuttled US Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa and the US Navy destroyer Arthur W. Redford. JS