The scrapping of a vessel that had been partially submerged in the Sydney, N.S., harbour for more than five years will begin on Monday.

The 53-metre trawler Cape Ann III was recently raised during a joint Canadian-American military training exercise.

John Aylward of the Cape Ann III Artificial Reef Society says it was decided to recycle the vessel for environmental reasons.

Terra Mac Construction will handle most of the demolition after some site preparation is completed this weekend.

Permits give the company until the end of June to send the ship to the scrap heap.

The cost of raising and beaching the vessel was covered by the military, while the recycled metal obtained during scrapping is expected to cover most of that expense.