After several years of negotiations, and $20 million in renovations (to remove toxic materials and such), the "Mighty O" was sent to the bottom by 22 scuttling charges. It only took 35 minutes to go down, must faster than the estimated 4-5 hours. A small boat was seen on the flight deck. This contained a generator and controlled the detonation of the charges. This boat floated free as the "Mighty O" went down. As planned, the carrier landed on the bottom (212 feet down), upright, facing south. (Thanks to that old salt Peter Chance for this nautical blast).