Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts
I agree. Nobody likes to see a reef damaged, but we're talking about a few hundred feet on the top where all the sunlight and food in the world get to it. If this was fifty years ago they'd be blasting the reef out of existance as a hazard to shipping. Many ships have hit this same reef- the most recent I believe was a Greenpeace ship. It's unfortunate, but it happens.
I would think cutting the ship up would cause more damage from leakage and debris than dragging the hulk off would ever cause. I have no idea what the idea is behind cutting the ship up. I wonder if it has more to do with saving the operational equipment before the hull is scuttled.
I wonder how bad they holed the bow when it first hit. It must have been bad enough that no amount of coffer dams would do the trick. That they left it to die on the reef tells me that they knew the ship was toast immediately.