Decommissioned 74 year-old, US Coast Guard cutter, Tamaroa, famous for her role in the book The Perfect Storm and the movie of the same name, now rests under 120 feet of salt water on the bottom of the Atlantic, 30 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey at 38° 31.144’N 074° 30.747’W.
Until she was sunk, she was believed to be the last vessel to have taken part in the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.
Now starring as part of the Del-Jersey-Land Reef, the largest artificial reef on the US east coast, Tamaroa joins USNS Shearwater (T-AG-177) and former minesweeper Gregory Poole (Commissioned as USS Cruise (AM- 215) in 1945) and the 563-foot Spruance Class destroyer USS Arthur W Radford (DD-968).
The 205-foot cutter Tamaroa, originally named Zuni, was commissioned into the US Navy in 1934 and survived her wartime role in World War II towing damaged vessels in the Pacific.
At the end of the war, Zuni was transferred to the US Coast Guard and renamed.