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Tower Reef

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Depth 42 - 60 ft.,
Profile 2 1/2 - 24 1/2 ft.
Tower Reef is located 0.6 nautical miles WSW of the Chesapeake Light Tower. This reef was originally permitted to the Tidewater Artificial Reef Association of Virginia (TARAV).
TARAV placed more than 100 pontoon sections, numerous landing craft and other vessels on site. VMRC added two barges, four drydock sections and scattered thousands of TICs on this circular reef site. The Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics deployed a deck barge and Chesapeake Corporation deployed a hopper barge at no cost to the reef program.
M/V J.B. Eskridge

M/V J.B. Eskridge


The tug J. B. Eskridge was sent to rest in October 2002.


Fifty "Redbird" subway cars were added in 2000.

Refer to the Lat./Lon. Grid for the locations of all the structures.
Redbird Subway Cars

Redbird Subway Cars






Tower Reef Chart
NOAA Chart 12221


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