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In pictures: HMS Scylla
HMS Scylla at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth
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Decommissioned warship HMS Scylla was sunk off the Cornish coast to create an artificial reef.
Juan Romero, Head of Husbandry at the National Marine Aquarium
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National Marine Aquarium officials took a last look around above water.
Explosives technician marks points
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Explosives were laid at strategic points around the ship so it could be scuttled.
Bathroom aboard the ex-Royal Navy frigate Scylla
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Europe's first artificial diving reef features an en-suite bathroom for marine life.
Frigate is tugged out of dock
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It took hours for the ship to be tugged into position and all surrounding boats were ordered to keep away.
12-year old Daniel Green
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Demolition man: 12-year old Daniel Green won a Newsround competition to press the big red button.
Marine authorities have final patrol
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Final checks took place before the ship was evacuated and sent to a watery but productive end.
Families wait for the sinking
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Hundreds gathered on the cliff tops to watch the fireworks...
Ship is scuttled by massive chemical explosions
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Eventually they were rewarded with a fantastic series of loud explosions.
Ship smokes from explosions
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The chemical blasts in the ship's bow burnt huge holes allowing it to rapidly sink to the seabed.
Water floods the ships hull
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The whole vessel sank in about a minute. A new reef is born!





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The BBC's Lucy Atherton
"It's going to provide a lot of money for the local economy"



SEE ALSO:
Warship to be sunk in Cornish bay
27 Mar 04  |  Cornwall
Former crew visit reef warship
30 Nov 03  |  Devon


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