Good ship Ana Cecelia to be sunk Wednesday off Palm Beach County coast

(El Nuevo Herald)
(El Nuevo Herald)

Weather permitting, the Ana Cecelia, a ship that saw both charity and crime will be sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean this morning.

The county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management has set today to drop the 170-foot, 629-ton freighter 75 to 90 feet down off the Port of Palm Beach, making it one of the county’s 150 artificial reefs and the southernmost in a line of 11. It ran humanitarian goods to Cuba but later was seized after drugs were found on it.

When the Ana Cecilia sinks, plaques on it will honor 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, who were lost at sea after their 19-foot boat left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24. A third plaque honors Palm Beach County sheriff’s corrections officer Fernandez Jones, his 70-year-old stepfather, Willis Bell, and Jones’ 9-year-old son, Jaden. The three drowned when their boat capsized off Martin County on April 10. A cousin, Robert Stewart, survived.

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Palm Beach County delays sinking of freighter for artificial reef

(El Nuevo Herald)
(El Nuevo Herald)
 Blu Stephanos hugs Fernandia Jones at the conclusion of a dedication ceremony at Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach Monday, June 27, 2016. Plaques honoring 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen — who were lost at sea after their 19-foot boat left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24 — and Palm Beach County Sheriff's corrections officer Fernandez Jones, his stepfather Willis Bell, and Jones' son Jaden — who drowned when their boat capsized off Martin County on April 10 — were presented during the ceremony. The plaques will be affixed to the 170-foot freighter Ana Cecilia when it sinks to the bottom of the ocen to become an artificial re
Blu Stephanos hugs Fernandia Jones at the conclusion of a dedication ceremony, June 27, 2016. (Bruce Bennett/Post)

The sinking of the Ana Cecelia, to become an artificial reef and a monument to five lost mariners, has been delayed by at least a week.

The county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management had set July 6 to drop the ship 75 to 90 feet down off the Port of Palm Beach, making it one of the county’s 150 artificial reefs, and the southernmost in a line of 11.

But ERM Director Rob Robbins said Tuesday that delays emerged in the work to punch holes in the ship, in preparation for sinking, and to remove all hazardous materials and schedule a final inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard.

He said a tentative date has been set for July 13.

When the freighter sinks, separate plaques on it will honor 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, lost at sea after their 19-foot boat left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24A third plaque will feature Palm Beach County sheriff’s corrections officer Fernandez Jones, his 70-year-old stepfather, Willis Bell, and Jones’ 9-year-old son, Jaden. The three drowned when their boat capsized off Martin County on April 10. A cousin, Robert Stewart, survived.

Palm Beach County unveils plaques honoring lost mariners

Palm Beach County Commissioners and families of five lost mariners gathered Monday at the Manatee Lagoon, at the Florida Power & Light Co. plant in Riviera Beach, for a dedication ceremony.

When the freighter Ana Cecilia sinks next week, to become an artificial reef, separate plaques on it will honor 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, lost at sea after their 19-foot boat left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24A third plaque will feature Palm Beach County sheriff’s corrections officer Fernandez Jones, his 70-year-old stepfather, Willis Bell, and Jones’ 9-year-old son, Jaden. The three drowned when their boat capsized off Martin County on April 10. A cousin, Robert Stewart, survived.

The county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management has set July 6 to drop the Ana Cecilia 75 to 90 feet down off the Port of Palm Beach, making it one of the county’s 150 artificial reefs, and the southernmost in a line of 11.

The county formally took possession of the seized freighter on Monday from the U.S. Customs Service. It’s paying $103,760 to prepare the 44-year-old ship , tow it to sea, and sink it.

Nell Bell, the mother of Fernandez Jones, becomes emotional at the conclusion of a dedication ceremony at Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach Monday, June 27, 2016. Plaques honoring Palm Beach County Sheriff's corrections officer Fernandez Jones, his stepfather Willis Bell, and Jones' son Jaden — who drowned when their boat capsized off Martin County on April 10 — and 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen — who were lost at sea after their 19-foot boat left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24 — were unveiled during the ceremony. The plaques will be affixed to the 170-foot freighter Ana Cecilia when it sinks to the bottom of the ocen to become an artificial reef. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Nell Bell, mother of Fernandez Jones, becomes emotional at ceremony Monday (Photos: Bruce R. Bennett / Post)
 Blu Stephanos hugs Fernandia Jones at the conclusion of a dedication ceremony at Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach Monday, June 27, 2016. Plaques honoring 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen — who were lost at sea after their 19-foot boat left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24 — and Palm Beach County Sheriff's corrections officer Fernandez Jones, his stepfather Willis Bell, and Jones' son Jaden — who drowned when their boat capsized off Martin County on April 10 — were presented during the ceremony. The plaques will be affixed to the 170-foot freighter Ana Cecilia when it sinks to the bottom of the ocen to become an artificial re
Blu Stephanos hugs Fernandia Jones at ceremony at Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach Monday