Not far off three years ago now the former Destroyer class vessel HMCS Annapolis was purposefully sunk to create an artificial reef, just 20 minutes outside of Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Over 7 years in the making, the former HMCS Annapolis is the latest artificial reef to be sunk in British Columbia. We were part of the first team to video the ship, the day after it sank, and (some of) the dust had settled. This video was made for Sea Dragon Charters, and was also seen on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet.
Three years later the wreck is doing fantastically. Life has made her home, with little creatures sneaking into every crack and crevice and turning the former warship into a giant underwater apartment block for life.
Divers visit the wreck every few days, researchers photograph and record the accumulation of life for future projects, and an otherwise bleak ocean floor (once destroyed by logging) is now home to more species than it has been for decades.
We'll be producing a Minimentary on the sinking of the Annapolis, so keep your eyes open!