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Lesleen Min tow to be sunk as an artificial reef. Photo courtesy Lucien Flotte.


ST. LUCA         British Windward Islands
The tropical volcanic island of St. Lucia is located between St. Vincent and
Martinique. The island is known for its dramatic walls, drift dives, yellow
sea horses, and diverse marine life. In the past, St. Lucia has not been a good
wreck diving location. It seems that any ship that had the misfortune
of sinking near this island sunk in water much too deep for sport divers,
3,000 feet. Now, this has all changed. The fisheries department has started,
and it plans to continue to sink abandoned vessels in shallow water. Today,
divers can have the best of both worlds as they can enjoy reef as well as
wreck diving on this lush, tropical paradise.

For more information about St Lucia visit the St Lucia Board of Tourism’s official website –

The Lesleen M was a 165 foot long, steel hulled cargo vessel. Lue Flotte
and Mary Ellen Kenny, New York based photographers, report that she

was intentionally sunk in 1986 by the ministry of fisheries with the intention
of creating an artificial reef. The Lesleen M was prepared for sinking by
the St. Lucian Port Authority. They removed her mast and wheel house as
these items may have caused the ship to protrude too high off the sea floor,
possibly causing a hazard to navigation. The Port Authority also cut holes
in the vessel above her water line in order to help the ship sink quickly
yet not take on any water while being moved. She was towed by the Port
Authority tug to a spot in 90 feet of water, but due to a strong current and
a half hour of sinking, Sh^ drifted quite a bit and ended up sitting upright
in 65 feet of water.

This site already has a good coating of sponges and coral. Angel fish,
groupers, tiger groupers, grunts, hogfish, silversides, pipe fish, sergeant majors,
jacks, squirrel fish, and large yellow sea horses are only a very small example
of the types of fish observed here each dive.

The Plane wreck is that of an old De Havilland Heron, a four engine light
transport plane built in Hatfield, England. In L984, after being found
abandoned, she was towed to a sight off the south side of the island and
sunk as a dive location. The Plane now sits upright, bow facing towards the
shore, in 100 feet of water on a sand bottom. Average visibility at the
wreck ranges from 40 to 50 feet.
Very close to the Plsne wreck is the remains of the freighter Wawinet.

The Wawinet was an abandoned 4,000 ton freighter that had sat in the
harbor, unattended for at least two years. She was towed to a spot off the
south side of St. Lucia and sunk to form an artificial reef in 1984. The
Wowinet is now sitting intact in 100 feet of water on a hard packed silt
bottom. According to Keith Nichols, a biologist with the Fisheries
Department, the area tends to have a strong current and is suitable for
experienced divers only.
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