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Posted: Jun 23, 2014 8:18 AM

Updated: Jun 23, 2014 8:18 AM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) Got an old ship?

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are looking for a ship to buy and sink in the Gulf of Mexico for another artificial reef.

The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1qsGiJO ) reported Sunday that the ship must be steel and 300 to 500 feet long.

Agency reef specialist Chris Ledford says the proposed site is 60 miles off Galveston in about 140 feet of water. The vessel would provide marine habitat and be a diving spot.

The nearly $4 million project is funded through oil and gas company donations.

The department in 2007 sank the 473-foot Texas Clipper, which had been a training vessel at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The ship, which hauled troops during World War II, was scuttled 12 miles off South Padre Island.

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Online:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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