The Kodiak Queen is a decorated World War II Navy fuel barge previously named the YO-44. It is believed to be one of only five ships that survived the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
After being converted into a commercial fishing trawler and used for a few decades, it finally ended up abandoned in the British Virgin Islands. There it was waiting to be, most likely, picked apart for scrap metal.
Instead, things took a very different turn after British photographer Owen Buggy came across the ship. Buggy approached his former boss, Sir Richard Branson, with an idea: to create an artificial reef and art exhibit out of the abandoned barge.
An 80-foot-long sculpture of a Kraken was built around the Kodiak Queen, made to look as if the sea monster was attacking the ship and dragging it into the deeps of the ocean. The art reef was then towed out into the bay and sunk in April of 2017.
The entire project is a good example of how visionary and well-intentioned people can come together to save and even highlight a bit of maritime history, inspire unusual art, encourage reef and fish regeneration, improve an economy, advance marine science and perhaps, best of all, to provide a park for the pure joy of underwater exploration.