British Windward Islands
The tropical volcanic island of St. Lucia is located between St.
Martinique. The island is known for its dramatic walls, drift dives,
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
of sinking near this island sunk in water much too deep for sport
3,000 feet. Now, this has all changed. The fisheries department has
and it plans to continue to sink abandoned vessels in shallow water.
divers can have the best of both worlds as they can enjoy reef 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
and Mary Ellen Kenny, New York based photographers, report that she
sunk in 1986 by the ministry of fisheries with the intention
of creating an artificial reef. The Lesleen M was prepared for
the St. Lucian Port Authority. They removed her mast and wheel house
these items may have caused the ship to protrude too high off the
possibly causing a hazard to navigation. The Port Authority also cut
in the vessel above her water line in order to help the ship sink
yet not take on any water while being moved. She was towed by the
Authority tug to a spot in 90 feet of water, but due to a strong
a half hour of sinking, Sh^ drifted quite a bit and ended up sitting
in 65 feet of water.
This site already has a good coating of sponges and coral. Angel
groupers, tiger groupers, grunts, hogfish, silversides, pipe fish,
jacks, squirrel fish, and large yellow sea horses are only a very
of the types of fish observed here each dive.
The Plane wreck is that of an old De Havilland Heron, a four engine
transport plane built in Hatfield, England. In L984, after being
abandoned, she was towed to a sight off the south side of the island
sunk as a dive location. The Plane now sits upright, bow facing
shore, in 100 feet of water on a sand bottom. Average visibility at
wreck ranges from 40 to 50 feet.
Very close to the Plsne wreck is the remains of the freighter
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
south side of St. Lucia and sunk to form an artificial reef in 1984.
Wowinet is now sitting intact in 100 feet of water on a hard packed
bottom. According to Keith Nichols, a biologist with the Fisheries
Department, the area tends to have a strong current and is suitable
experienced divers only.