Grand Bahama is conveniently located 60 miles from the Florida coast
is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas. The island is about 90
long and ranges in width from two to eight miles. The Underwater
Society (UNEXSO) which is based in Lucaya is a great attraction for
as well as non divers. Besides being a full service dive facility,
there is a
library and the Museum of Diving History.
Marine life abounds in the waters of Grand Bahama, and night diving
quite popular here. There are a large variety of coral reefs, walls,
caves, and of course wrecks.
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This steel hulled workboat named Jose is also known as the Jose. The
vessel had been abandoned and left tied to a bulkhead behind a
hotel. When the hotel was renovated in order to be reopened, the
called Ollie Ferguson, a dive master at UNEXSO, (Underwater
Society) to get rid of the vessel. She was 45 feet long by 20 feet
had once been used as a dive boat for an English commercial diving
On June 19, 1986, UNEXSO towed the vessel from her mooring in the
Lucayan Marina to her present location. With the help of their crew
consisting of Warren Manning, Glen Terquest, Steve Watson and Ollie
Ferguson, UNEXSO pumped water into her hull until she was completely
full. It took only 22 seconds for the Jose to reach the ocean floor.
Jose is now an artificial reef, and sits upright and intact on a
tilt in 65 feet of water. This is an excellent beginner wreck drive.
This unidentified shipwreck lies in about 15 to 20 feet of water,
Memory Rock. She is totally out of sight from land, so local dive
must rely on Loran in order to locate the wreck. The wreckage of
is scattered but mostly clustered into three main piles of debris on
Thought by many to be a sunken barge, this steel wreck is home to
large great barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) ranging from four to six
Theo's Wreck, sunk in 1982. Courtesy UNEXSO.
Originally named the M.V. Logna, this ship was built in Norway in
a cargo vessel. She was 228 feet long and had a 35 foot beam. In
she was purchased by the Bahama Cement Company, her name was
changed to M/V Island Cement. She was then used to transport gravel
cement. In 1981, the vessel was on her last legs and ready to be
Fortunately for the
diving community, Theopolis Galanoupoulos, who was
an engineer working for the cement company, came up with the idea of
creating an artificial reef for all to enjoy instead of scrapping
In 1982, after extensive preparations which included cutting large
her deck and hull to allow divers to safely explore the ship's
vessel was taken out of port and sunk off Silver Beach Inlet, Grand
Island. The sinking, which was a joint effort of UNEXSO and the
Cement Co., took only four hours.
Today, Theo's Wreck, which has been once again renamed after the
who thought of sinking her, rests on her port side in 95 to I l0
feet of water.
The wreck is massive, completely intact and very photogenic. Her
actually perched on the edge of the famous Grand Bahama Ledge, where
the continental shelf drops abruptly to a depth of 5000 feet. There
access into her pilot house and her cargo hold. Wide angle
video of her bow or stern will definitely be the highlight of any
vacation to Freeport.
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