A little before 8 a.m. a small group of fishermen resumed a ritual that was nearly lost due to a territorial war.
They formed their boats into a semi-circle two miles off the coast of Point Pleasant Beach to watch a 65-foot former New York Harbor crew boat be purposely sunk on a reef. It was a perfect morning to do it.
The ocean Tuesday was as smooth as glass and visibility was such that the pastel colors of boardwalk amusements on shore and the tops of inland water towers could be discerned from the distance.
“Once she fills up with water she’s going to go down pretty quickly. The only question is, will she go bow up or transom up?” said Ken Warchal, a trustee of the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club, the sport-fishing club that purchased the boat.
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