U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island is
long, six miles wide and is located 40 miles south of St. Thomas.
here is great and was recently improved by the sinking of three
the west side of the island.
For more information about the US Virgin Islands visit the US Virgin
Islands Board of Tourism’s official website –www.usvi.net
This wreck lies just outside of Christiansted Harbor. Although the
behind the sinking of this barge is unknown, we believe she was sunk
a fish haven. Her remains which begin at 75 feet and slope down to
95 feet of water do make for an interesting dive. The wreckage also
a crane that had been mounted atop the main deck. This has now
off and sticks out from under the Barge's hull. The wreck which lies
down is usually explored and sometimes photographed before divers
on to observe the coral reefs in the surrounding area.
MODEL A TRUCK
Not exactly your typical wreck, this old truck is an interesting
The Model.4 sits in 130 feet of water just east of Christiansted
Harbor in an area called Scotch Banks. The truck is reported to have
fallen off a ship
in the 1950's. Today, she is an absolutely magnificent little wreck
on, covered with sponges and black coral, and usually a gray angle
two can be seen swimming in and around her.
The Northwind is a 75 foot long, steel hulled ocean tug named after
Fisher's salvage boat that was used on the Atocha treasure recovery.
According to Tom Long, the tug was used as a prop for the movie
of Gold", starring Loretta Swit and Cliff Robertson a story about
search for the Atocha. After filming was completed, the tug was left
The Northwind was sunk by Cruzan Divers Inc. and Ship Services in
Today, the vessel sits upright in 55 feet of water. Average
visibility in the
area ranges from 100 to 200 feet, and divers will marvel at the
of marine life which includes goat fish, rays, yellow tails, and an
This is definitely the smallest wreck off the island of St. Croix.
Antoine, a local dive operator, explained that in 1978 this little
Cessna ran out of gas and crashed into the sea. Unfortunately, her
did not survive the crash. The Plane is very broken up in 22 ferct
and divers have to use their imagination to recognize any of her
the day we dove this site, an octopus and several skates were found
sand around the wreck.
The Rosaomaira is a 177 foot long, steel hulled Venezuelan
capsized while her cargo was being prepared for off loading.
weight of her cargo was not balanced correctly, causing the ship to
After attempting to right the vessel and failing, it was discovered
ship's owner was trying to smuggle diesel fuel onboard. The
was then towed to Butler Bay and sunk in April of 1986 with the aid
This wreck, known also as the Rosa, is now sitting in 110 feet of
completely intact and upright. Left untouched since her sinking, her
crews clothing and personal
effects can still be found in their cabins. Average
80 to 200 feet, and there is usually little or no current.
Only a few hundred yards south of the Rosaomaira and a hundred yards
north of the Northwind lies the wreck of the Suffolk Maid. She was a
foot long, steel hulled North sea trawler. The Suffolk Maid was
onto Frederiksted Pier during a hurricane in 1984.
In December of 1985, the Suffolk Maid was towed to its present
and scuttled. She is know sitting upright on the ocean floor in 60
water. Her superstructure was removed prior to her sinking. Again,
site has little or no current, and visibility is almost always good,
from 100 to 200 feet. Divers can still recognize the ship's name on
Truck Lagoon is a site located just west of the Northwind tug.
find the remains of five old Hess oil trucks that were transported
develop an artificial reef. The trucks, which have been on the
about ten years, are on a sloping sand bottom, ranging from 60 to 70
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