Location: Pompano Beach
Description: The Okinawa is a 107' x 26' 6" Army Tug. Displacement loaded is 350 tons. Okinawa was equipped with a 40,000 lb Fairbanks Morse engine. The propeller is 8' in diameter and weighs over 2,000 lbs. The bow points to the south and and is sitting perfectly upright in 69'. The tug rises to 35' at the top of the pilot house. Okinawa was sunk by Shipwreck Park Inc. and is the 18th wreck in Shipwreck Park Pompano Beach. Renowned artist Dennis McDonald created whimsical dive bar called the Midnight Sun. The name was chosen by Finlandia Vodka the sinking project's largest sponsor. The dive bar includes sea creatures and a magical mermaid holding a "Gazing Globe". As you look into the globe you see your reflection reminding all of us we need to be the stewards of the ocean. You can actually penetrate the opening in front of the wheelhouse and swim into the engine room and up and out through the dive bar!
History: LT 1970 was manufactured by Higgins Ind. for the U.S. Army and was completed in October of 1953. LT 1970 was later named Okinawa, after the battle of Okinawa. The picture below shows U.S. Army tug LT-1970 tows USS Cassin Young (DD-793) from Philadelphia to Boston in June 1978 following the destroyer’s loan to the National Park Service as a memorial ship. The move of the vessel was undertaken as an Army Reserve training exercise. The U.S. Army sold the Okinawa in 2003.