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The ELEUTHERA Shipwreck Directory  Bahamas Shipwrecks
Historical and current Eleuthera, Bahamas Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers, fisherman and marine historians.
             

 

 

 

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ELEUTHERA (Bahamas)

Eleuthera is a long, narrow island with a population of 9,000. Most Eleuthera
diving is offered around Spanish Wells, Harbour Islands, and North Eleuthera.
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 called Current
Cut. Current Cut is between Eleuthera and the smaller channel island where
a 100 yard channel connects Eleuthera Sound with the ocean. Tide changes
cause millions of gallons of water to pass through the channel at speeds of
up to ten knots. Divers usually make two or three passes lasting from ten
to 12 minutes each. This vivacious current is stronger than the divers, and
more often than not sends them flying and tumbling. It is best to wear a
wet suit for protection at this site to avoid cuts from coral, while relaxing
and riding the current.

For more information about the Bahamas visit the Bahamas Board of Tourism’s official website –
www.bahamas.com


ARIMOROA

This 260 foot Lebanese freighter is also known as the Freighter Wreck, or
the Egg Island Wreck. While en route from South America to Europe, this
steel hulled vessel was run purposely aground in May of 1970. It is not
known why, but a fire started in her galley, and spread with such speed and
fury that her captain decided to save the crew by heading at full steam
toward the nearest visible land, Egg Island. At the time of this unfortunate
accident, the Arimoroa was carrying a cargo of guano-based fertilizer. All
of her crew made it to land without injury.
The fire continued smoldering for almost three months. During this time
sea water flushed her high-phosphate cargo out through the ship's cracked
keel. For a few years afterwards, the surrounding area became barren as
the high phosphate levels poisoned the reef's normal variety of sea life.

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 easy to
see that she will never sail again. All around the main wreckage is a debris
field composed of steel hull plates, deck winches and various other machinery.
One of the most intriguing aspects of this wreck is the impressive amount
of fish that now congregate around her hull. Desi Stephens, a local dive
operator, reports seeing schools of 50 to 100 gray angels, an amount that
is extremely unusual for this species. Other inhabitants include dozens of
yellow stingrays, snappers, groupers and huge parrot fish. This drastic turn
around of aquatic life has been studied by scientists from the University of
Miami, the Rosenstiel School and the Florida Institute of Technology. They
have so far counted over 60 species of fish. Some specialists say that it's
due to the organic qualities of her fertilizer cargo, but whatever the reason,
the fish seen on this site will certainly impress even the most seasoned
Caribbean diver.

CARNARVON
The Carnarvon was a 186 foot long, steel hulled Welsh freighter. This
vessel ran aground off of North Eleuthera back in 1916. She sits on a sand
bottom in shallow water of only 25 to 35 feet which makes it possible for
long relaxing dives. Her huge anchors, propeller, boilers and engines are
good photo opportunities.

CIENFUEGOS
The Cienfuegos was a Ward Line passenger liner. An American steam-ship,
she was launched from the John Roach & Sons Shipyard in Chester,
Pennsylvania in 1883. She was 292 feet in length, 39 feet 8 inches in
breadth, had a draught of 22 feet, and weighed 2,332 tons. Her iron hull
was divided into six watertight compartments.


Diver explores wreckage of the Cienfuegos. Photo by Jeffrey Parrish.

On February 5, 1895, while under the command of Captain B.F. Hoyt Jr.,
the Cienfuegos ran aground on a shallow coral reef. According to the
original New York Times article, "the vessel struck a reef while the seas
were calm." Days later, one of the members of the Cienfuegos crew gave
a slightly different account; "On the morning of Feb. 4 about 4:30 o'clock,
during a strong. northwest gale, while enormous seas were running and
weather was hazy, the steamer ran on a reef or small coral islet, about five
miles north of Harbor Island and forty-five miles from Nassau." Fortunately,
all passengers and crew survived, all very thankful for the skill of the native
seamen who were ferrying all to shore. One life boat with women and children
aboard capsized, but two natives instantly plunged into the water and recovered
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 very flat
which makes this wreck a testament to the merciless strength and power
of the sea. Divers will find her bow sitting against a reef, her steam powered
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 first
is said by many researchers to be one of Columbus's ships. She sits on top
of a coral reef only 200 yards east of the Cienfuegos wreck. The only thing
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 usually
excellent.

The second wreck is a steel vessel, approximately 120 feet long. Her
propeller, engine, and some small pieces of brass are scattered outside the
reef.

TRAIN WRECK


Wheel trucks from the Train Wreck suck in 1865. Photo by Jeffrey Parrish.


Although this 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, the
barge was caught in a violent storm and smashed onto an area referred to
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 trucks,
a boiler plate assembly from the Train, and many brass spikes, coal, and
ballast stone which originated from the barge.
Visibility on an average day ranges from 40 to 80 feet, and on occasion can
be as good as 80 to 100 feet.

 
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Basic shipwreck information and images for the Bahamas 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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