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(underwater images courtesy of SeaWolf Productions)

The USS Rankin AKA-103 was a 459 foot Tolland Class amphibious cargo ship built in 1944. When World War II ended she was “mothballed” until being returned to service for the Korean War. Finally decommissioned in 1971, she was sunk as an artificial reef in 1988 of Stuart, FL. The ship lies on her port side in 130 fsw.

(l) After cargo mast; (r) Cargo mast structure.

(l) After anti-aircraft gun tubs; (r) Gun tub and mounting pintel.

(l) Stern DP 5 inch gun.; (r) Jeff inspects the gun.

(l) Gun breech and platform.; (r) View of the stern.