Although comparatively small, this island is one of the most
developed in the Caribbean.
Barbados diving is known for its wreck sites and reef formations.
due to the enormous amount of fishing done off the island, large
seldom seen by divers.
This 60 foot French tug boat sank in 1919 off the south coast of
Today, she sits upright and intact n 20 to 25 feet of water, only
from shore. This site is often used as a training dive for scuba or
courses. The intact iron structure is heavily encrusted with coral,
easy penetration, and portrays a classic shipwreck background for
angle photography. A local dive operator has set up a fish feeding
on the site, so be sure to bring some food for the local
This vessel, according to Willie Hassell, owner of Willie's
a 160 foot long steamer that was scuttled intentionally in 1985 to
fish haven. She sits in 50 feet of water and has already attracted a
assortment of fish.
The Pamir wreck is a 155 foot freighter that was also intentionally
in 1985 to attract fish. She lies completely intact in 50 feet of
100 yards offshore. Located on the northwest side of the island,
can be visited by
boat, or divers can reach her by swimming from the
Stavronikita after the fire. Note the SOS painted on her hull in an
attempt to summon help to the stranded
crew. Photo courtesy W.M. Schell, negative by Charles F. Schell.
The Stavronikita is probably the most popular wreck on Barbados. She
a 365 foot Greek freighter built in Denmark in 1956 and originally
the Ohio. On August 26, 1976, while en route from Ireland to the
and carrying a cargo of 101,000 bags of cement, the vessel caught
six crew members and injuring three others. An explosion that
fire destroyed all of the ship's radio equipment, making it
the stranded crew to call for help. Twenty four crewmen drifted in
sea for four days before being rescued. The Stavronikits was then
A year went by, and the vessel was still anchored off Carlisle Bay,
On October 24, 1977 , she was purchased at an auction for the sum of
by the Parks and Beach Commission. The ship was then stripped of all
machinery and brass that could be salvaged. She was cleaned of
namely the 70,000 gallons of oil being carried in her fuel tanks and
to a spot just 400 yards offshore on the west coast of the island.
21,1978, the U.S. Navy demolition crew set seven charges totaling
and blew holes in the ship's hull, causing her to sink.
Today, the huge wreck
Stavronikila rests in Exploration around and inside her pilot house,
by her bow where the vessel's name can still divers should not miss.
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