Eleuthera is a long, narrow island with a population of 9,000. Most
diving is offered around Spanish Wells, Harbour Islands, and North
Aside from the wrecks we've listed to dive off, there are many other
interesting dive sites to visit. One of the most unique spots is
Cut. Current Cut is between Eleuthera and the smaller channel island
a 100 yard channel connects Eleuthera Sound with the ocean. Tide
cause millions of gallons of water to pass through the channel at
up to ten knots. Divers usually make two or three passes lasting
to 12 minutes each. This vivacious current is stronger than the
more often than not sends them flying and tumbling. It is best to
wet suit for protection at this site to avoid cuts from coral, while
and riding the current.
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This 260 foot Lebanese freighter is also known as the Freighter
the Egg Island Wreck. While en route from South America to Europe,
steel hulled vessel was run purposely aground in May of 1970. It is
known why, but a fire started in her galley, and spread with such
fury that her captain decided to save the crew by heading at full
toward the nearest visible land, Egg Island. At the time of this
accident, the Arimoroa was carrying a cargo of guano-based
of her crew made it to land without injury.
The fire continued smoldering for almost three months. During this
sea water flushed her high-phosphate cargo out through the ship's
keel. For a few years afterwards, the surrounding area became barren
the high phosphate levels poisoned the reef's normal variety of sea
Today, the badly
burnt rusting remains of the Arimoroa sit perfectly upright
in 25 feet of water on a hard limestone bottom. From a distance the
Arimoroa looks like a ship at anchor, but on closer inspection it is
see that she will never sail again. All around the main wreckage is
field composed of steel hull plates, deck winches and various other
One of the most intriguing aspects of this wreck is the impressive
of fish that now congregate around her hull. Desi Stephens, a local
operator, reports seeing schools of 50 to 100 gray angels, an amount
is extremely unusual for this species. Other inhabitants include
yellow stingrays, snappers, groupers and huge parrot fish. This
around of aquatic life has been studied by scientists from the
Miami, the Rosenstiel School and the Florida Institute of
have so far counted over 60 species of fish. Some specialists say
due to the organic qualities of her fertilizer cargo, but whatever
the fish seen on this site will certainly impress even the most
The Carnarvon was a 186 foot long, steel hulled Welsh freighter.
vessel ran aground off of North Eleuthera back in 1916. She sits on
bottom in shallow water of only 25 to 35 feet which makes it
long relaxing dives. Her huge anchors, propeller, boilers and
good photo opportunities.
The Cienfuegos was a Ward Line passenger liner. An American
she was launched from the John Roach & Sons Shipyard in Chester,
Pennsylvania in 1883. She was 292 feet in length, 39 feet 8 inches
breadth, had a draught of 22 feet, and weighed 2,332 tons. Her iron
was divided into six watertight compartments.
Diver explores wreckage of the Cienfuegos. Photo by Jeffrey
On February 5, 1895, while under the command of Captain B.F. Hoyt
the Cienfuegos ran aground on a shallow coral reef. According to the
original New York Times article, "the vessel struck a reef while the
were calm." Days later, one of the members of the Cienfuegos crew
a slightly different account; "On the morning of Feb. 4 about 4:30
during a strong. northwest gale, while enormous seas were running
weather was hazy, the steamer ran on a reef or small coral islet,
miles north of Harbor Island and forty-five miles from Nassau."
all passengers and crew survived, all very thankful for the skill of
seamen who were ferrying all to shore. One life boat with women and
aboard capsized, but two natives instantly plunged into the water
all passengers before anyone drowned.
The Cienfuegos wreck now lies off the north tip of North Eleuthera
and is scattered in ten to 35 feet of water. Most of her remains lie
which makes this wreck a testament to the merciless strength and
of the sea. Divers will find her bow sitting against a reef, her
engine and boilers still recognizable.
A short distance away from the Cienfuegos lies the Train Wreck.
MAN OF WAR
The Man Of War wreck is the remains of two unknown vessels. The
is said by many researchers to be one of Columbus's ships. She sits
of a coral reef only 200 yards east of the Cienfuegos wreck. The
still visible at this site is a big pile of ballast stones.
Depth at the site ranges from five to 30 feet, and visibility is
The second wreck is a steel vessel, approximately 120 feet long. Her
propeller, engine, and some small pieces of brass are scattered
trucks from the Train Wreck suck in 1865. Photo by Jeffrey Parrish.
is not a shipwreck in the true sense of the word, this is the
remains of a barge that was carrying a steam locomotive. In 1865,
barge was caught in a violent storm and smashed onto an area
as Devil's Backbone located off of North Eleuthera. The wreck which
rests in 15 to 25 feet of water is very interesting because almost
all traces of the barge have been either buried or eaten by Teredos
(wood eating worms). All that remains to be seen are wheels, wheel
a boiler plate assembly from the Train, and many brass spikes, coal,
ballast stone which originated from the barge.
Visibility on an average day ranges from 40 to 80 feet, and on
be as good as 80 to 100 feet.
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