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Video of the Ed Bogaert Memorial Reef

On August 8, 2008, the 34-ton Smoke II was deployed on the Sea Girt Reef as part of the state's Artificial Reef Program. The vessel, a 51-foot steel fire boat from the New York City Fire Department, is now the Ed Bogaert Memorial Reef providing habitat for marine life and a meaningful destination for divers.

Fireboat at dock in NYC
The Smoke II before deployment
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Fireboat at dock in NYC
The boat now provides habitat for marine organisms
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Shortly after the vessel's deployment, Gary Szabo of Lost at Sea Films dove to the new reef and captured its silent beauty in a video now available on YouTube. After just 10 days on the sea floor it was already attracting fish and sea life was beginning to colonize its surfaces.

View the video on YouTube
View the WZBN TV-25 news feature on the Smoke II

For information on past and planned deployments see the Artificial Reef Deployments page.

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