Date(s) - 07/07/2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us for the start of another Summer of Tech diving at Stuart Scuba!
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Join us for a 10am am departure from Stuart for a trip to the Rankin.
The USS Rankin rests on her starboard side in 130 to 135 feet with her bow pointing south-southeast. Divers will reach the wreck’s superstructure at 60 feet and the main deck at 95 feet. This is a big wreck and certainly a favorite! Call us at 772-600-8288 to join the fun. Cost is $109 . Please be sure to make all gas arrangements well before the trip. If you want to do a tech trip outside of our listed ones, please let us know! There is a minimum of 4 tech divers.
Built by the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, the USS Rankin launched on December 22, 1944 and was commissioned on February 25, 1945 at the Charleston Naval Yard. Four hundred fifty-nine feet long and 63 feet across the beam, she displaced 14,160 gross tons when fully loaded and drafted about 26 feet. Her maximum speed was 16.5 knots with a cruising range of approximately 17,000 miles. Her armament consisted of a single 5/38 dual-purpose gun mount, four twin 40 mm gun mounts, and sixteen single 20mm gun mounts.
Designed to carry troops, landing craft and supplies, the Rankin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. She earned one battle star for her World War II operations.
The USS Rankin was decommissioned in 1947 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet—often referred to as the Mothball Fleet—but in 1952, she embarked on a new mission as a support vessel for amphibious training operations. In 1958, the Lebanese government requested assistance in an attempt to avert a civil war, and the Rankin landed 5,000 marines in Beirut.
By the late 1960s, the USS Rankin was reclassified and plied the waters of the United State’s Eastern Seaboard. One of her missions of note took her into Cuban waters during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
Stay tuned for more of the summer tech schedule.
June 14th – The Ande (190′)
June 21st – The Hailey Glasrud (186′)
June 28th – The Seamist (270′)