The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks
Historical and current Aruba, Caribbean Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers, fisherman and marine historians.




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Stern of the Antilla, sunk in May of

1940. This wreck is also known as

the Ghost Sftlp. Photo courtesy Aruba

Tourism Board.


ARUBA Netherland Antilles
Aruba is the most westerly of the ABC islands of the Netherlands Antilles,
lying 15 miles north of Venezuela. The island is well known for its white
sand beaches, casinos and resorts.

Most diving is done off the island's west coast, and there are a number of
interesting and historic shipwrecks to be explored.

For more information about Aruba visit the Aruba Board of Tourism’s official website –

The Antilla, also known as the German Freighter Wreck, or Ghost Ship, was
397 feet long, had a 55.4 foot beam, weighed 2,164 net tons, and 4,400
gross tons. She was built in 1939 by Finkenwarder at Hamburg and was
powered by two steam turbines. Although she was a brand new German
vessel, the Antilla was sunk intentionally but not to make a dive site or fish
haven. She was an unarmed ship used by the Germans to supply their
submarines during WW II and was nick-named Ghost Ship by the allies
who were never able to locate and attack the ship outside of neutral waters.
When Germany invaded Holland in May of 1940, the Antilla was moored
just off the shore of Aruba which is a Dutch territory. The local law
enforcement immediately asked for her surrender but gave her captain a
day to think about it. That night the Antilla was scuttled in order to prevent
the ship's capture. Her captain and crew were detained for the rest of the
war in a prisoner of war camp on the island of Bonaire.
The Antilla now rests in 50 to 60 feet of water off the south side of Aruba.
She is one of the largest wrecks in the Caribbean and rests intact on a
sand bottom. This dive is very interesting for beginner and experienced
divers alike. Due to the large compartments of this vessel, this is a great
wreck for penetration. Many of these compartments are unopened, and,
therefore, remain unexplored. Visibility is good but not great, averaging 30
to 60 feet. Marine life is abundant on the wreck, she is covered with
giant tube sponges and coral formations. The Antilla is also surrounded by
rock lobsters and all other types of tropical fish. Night dives at this site
are great for macro photography. Many little critters can be found to
photograph, including banded coral shrimp, arrow crabs, and hermit crabs.

This wreck is known as the SS California. Many magazine articles and
reference sources have listed this wreck as being the remains of the ship
that received but did not respond to the Titanic's S.O.S. signal. In fact, the
vessel involved with the Titanic disaster was a 447 foot long, steel hulled
Leyland Liner that was torpedoed off Cape Matapan on November 9th,
1915. The ship involved with the Titanic was named Californian not
California, and is definitely not this wood hulled wreckage off Aruba.
However, this unidentified shipwreck is fascinating to explore and is located
at a depth that makes it very convenient for underwater photography, only
15 to 30 feet. The wreck is located on the northwest tip of Aruba where
at times a strong current is present. If divers swim out past the wreck into deeper water, there's a good chance of seeing bull or hammerhead sharks.

The Jane Sea is the latest underwater attraction in Aruba. She is a 170
foot long, English freighter which was scuttled in September of 1988 in
order to form a fish haven. The Jane Sea is the most intact wreck off the
island, and lies in 60 to 100 feet of water near Barcadera Reef. She is
engulfed by a sandy bottom with brain coral formations and an abundance
of huge sea fans of different species everywhere. Plenty of incredible
encounters with marine life await you at this breathtaking dive site.

Just a little south from the Antilla wreck lies another casualty of war. The
Pedernales wreck is the remains of a torpedoed oil tanker. As the story
goes, the bow and stern sections of the ship were sealed, cut off, salvaged
and fitted onto another vessel which was later employed in the Normandy
invasion of WW II.

Today, this wreck, which is just the center section of a once proud vessel,
lies in 25 to 40 feet of water in front of the Holiday Inn Hotel. It is a
beginner diver's paradise offering a combination of large pieces of wreckage
spread out between coral formations as well as completely intact wreck cabins.
Divers will see everything from wash basins, lavatories, and toilets to two
torpedoes. Due to the shallow depth and clear water of this wreck, she can
be enjoyed by snorkelers as well as divers.

This is a super dive site. As divers descend to the wreck, they will start to
see magnificent formations of brain coral, star coral and sheet coral.
Gradually, the remains of this old tug boat will emerge from the distance.
Usually a pair of green morays will await your arrival. I've been told that
it is not uncommon to see spotted eagle rays and sting rays in the same
vicinity. This site is a favorite of many photographers.


Basic shipwreck information and images for the Caribbean section of this site was taken with permission from the book Tropical Shipwrecks by Daniel and Denise Berg.

You are invited to submit your shipwreck related articles, images and information. As long as the text, photographs, sketches etc are of professional quality we will showcase them. Full credit will be provide and a same page link to your web site can be arranged.

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