The Legend….The Okinawa began life in 1953 as an Army tug boat and was named in commemoration of the 1945 WWII Pacific battle by the same name. Legend has it that near the end of her service life, the Okinawa was called to assist and tug back to port a stranded merchant ship. The crew members on board were quite shaken by the events at sea, which crippled their vessel. Their description of the events that transpired were originally dismissed and even ridiculed by investigators. But many years later, those aboard still shiver at the memory of the large squid-like beast who wrapped its tentacles around the ship and tipped her starboard. The men aboard believed the beast was attempting to take them to their watery grave and claimed that this was, in fact, the infamous “Kraken.” After the Okinawa brought the stranded vessel back to port, she too began to experience mechanical problems. According to legend, the Kraken’s curse had attached itself to the Okinawa. Now as appeasement to the beast and in hopes of leaving other vessels safe passage, Shipwreck Park seeks to rechristen the Okinawa as the Kraken and place her among other shipwrecks as the Park’s newest diving attraction on this magnificent artificial reef system.
The Kraken will be scuttled this summer. Shipwreck Park has entered into an agreement to purchase the ship, make it ready for deployment and create the art that will make this another one-of-a-kind experience. The expected cost of the project is $150,000. Public and corporate sponsorships are being sought to not only put the Kraken on the sea floor but perpetuate the mission of Shipwreck Park. Shipwreck Park is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit public charity. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!
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