Widely-known for the invertebrate life, this wreck is a 165-foot-long haven for macro photograpers when the conditions are favorable. Wreck divers will find several access points in the deck and hull; the boat was prepared for divers before sinking. One popular plan is a visit to the the large twin diesels in the engine room. The Ruby is a former Coast Guard Cutter, and was at one time equipped with several guns, but unfortunately she no longer carries them.
History of Ruby E
During World War II, she conducted anti-submarine and search and rescue patrols. She also served as an escort for convoys.
The Cyane was decommissioned on August 1, 1950 and and placed in storage at the Coast Guard Moorings in Kennydale, Washington. She was sold to Birchfield Boiler, Inc., of Tacoma, Washington on December 7, 1954, to commence a new life as a fish-processing vessel. Before her last years of topside service as a salvage vessel, she was renamed Ruby E. On June 18, 1989, the Ruby E. was intentionally sunk as an artificial reef.
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