Bermuda, the shipwreck capital of the world

bermuda-wreckBermuda is an area shrouded in mystery with stories of unexplained disappearances and strange happenings. So its no wonder that Bermuda is also home to one of the biggest shipwreck sites in the world.
With more than 300 identified wrecks off its coast, it has become a virtual time capsule preserving historic wrecks in the Atlantic that are hundreds of years old.
Bermuda’s propensity for taking down ships is explained by its position in the Atlantic Ocean where the Gulf Stream draws ships into the path of its many shallow reefs.
It is now known as a world-class wreck dive site thanks to its shallow waters and clear visibility and divers can swim among encrusted hulls, preserved cannons and historical relics.

One of the most popular dives is the Cristobal Colon, the largest wreck in the Bermuda. The 152-metre Spanish luxury liner was completed in 1923 and was one of the fastest boats in her day. Making the passage between New York and Central America, it ran aground in 1936 after crashing into a coral reef. Today she lies 16 metres underwater with wreckage scattered over 9000 square metres of sea floor.

The 60-gun French frigate, L’Herminie, sank in 1863 and is the most impressive warship wreck in the area. The three masted wooden hulled sailing boat was returning to France when it crashed into the shallow reef and now lies just 10 metres below the water.

And one of the most historic shipwrecks is the Mary Celestia, a side paddlewheel steamer chartered during America’s Civil War. Used as a blockade runner, she smuggled guns, ammunition, supplies and food to troops in the south. The 68 metre-long ship sunk in 1838 after hitting a reef close to the south shore. Lying 16 metres underwater, divers can explore its paddlewheels, boilers, anchor and bow.

The hundreds of shipwrecks remain remarkably intact despite the rough Bermuda weather due to strict marine preservation and today are the playground of diving enthusiasts.

For more information visit The Bermuda Dive Association on Facebook.