Oriskany “scheduled to be sanked”

Gulf of Mexico (March 22, 2006) – The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed from the Intracoastal Waterway to Allegheny Pier on board Naval Air Station Pensacola. Known as the “Big O,” the 32,000-ton, 888-foot Oriskany is being delivered to the air station while it is being prepared for its final journey. The ship is scheduled to be sanked 22 miles south of Pensacola in approximately 212 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico May 17, 2006, where it will become the largest ship ever intentionally sunk as an artificial reef. After the Oriskany reaches the bottom, ownership of the vessel will transfer from the Navy to the State of Florida. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Jeff Doty (RELEASED) [emphasis Murdoc’s]

I don’t write the captions, folks. I just copy and paste. From Navy News Stand.


  1. Sink…..Sank……Sunk…..? Past tense of a past tense? Sanked…. Well, perhaps like the new math, we are dealing with a new grammar….. :-)

  2. Somone needs to mention that an unnamed government agency is using the Big O as the final resting place for some super secret experiment or maybe aliens. We need to get a good conspiracy story going – that way we can prop up the local scuba industry & maybe finance some science missions to ‘debunk’ the rumor.

  3. Sanked’ Oh my side and body. And with regards to James’ comment above, doesn’t he know that the secret papers that tie the BFEE (Bush Family Evil Empire) to the infamous 1853 famine in Botswanaland are loaded on ORISKANY? Get with the program! Tin Foil Hatted Pinch

  4. Pinch: So THAT’S why the Republicans shot JFK. Or was it Lincoln? And why is it that we have aircraft carriers named for all the presidents that the Republicans shot? Poor President Oriskany…

  5. So, I’m assuming you’ve never made a grammatical mistake or a linguistic faux pax? Pretty funny though. I believe Mr. Doty, and those who supposedly reviewed and released the photo and caption, missed one here. Even the best goalies allow one to go in now and then. 99% of the time, I’d wager, the Navy’s captions are on-the-money.

  6. JR: Me? A grammaticish error? Fauxbid the very idea! (Actually right after I posted that I had to fix a spelling error in an earlier post. But that sort of thing happens two or three times a day, tops.) I’m just funning. I was already posting the pic when I noticed the ‘sanked’ and thought it was hilarious.