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Shipwrecks of the Caribbean

The ocean bottom is a mystifying setting and home to millions of shipwrecks distributed throughout the bottom of the sea. Diving for shipwrecks to investigate the history and relics of sunken ships has become a pass time, and the Caribbean is the site of fantastic finds in sunken ships. Divers in the Caribbean will find the water warm and clear with exquisite diving spots of the coral reefs, animal life and the wrecks of sunken ships.


One Caribbean wreck, the MS Antilla, is located near the Arashi reef near Aruba. During World War II, The Germans used this 400 foot freighter to transport supplies to the submarines that were watching over the Dutch Antilles. After the Germans occupied the Netherlands, the ship’s crew were compelled to surrender. However, the captain sank the MS Antilla in 50 feet of water. Corals, sponges and other marine life have made one of the largest wrecked ships in the Caribbean their home. The ship is still unbroken and provides a first-rate diving spot for both novice and experienced divers.

The Perdernales, another ship wreckage that dates from the Second World War, rests close to the Antilla. After torpedoes hit this oil tanker, the bow and stern were sectioned off and then recovered and mounted on another ship used in the invasion of Normandy. What remains of the ship lies water close to the shore of the Holiday Inn in Aruba. The shallow waters provide a safe diving experience for beginning divers. Marine animals and corals are interspersed among the parts of the wreck. Divers can observe specific parts from complete cabins and torpedoes within the wreckage. The water around the ship is clear.

The Jane Sea is a freighter from England scuttled close to the Baracadera Reef. The ship was scuttled in 1988 as a refuge for sea life. The ship is mostly unbroken and is situated in a depth from 60 to 100 feet. Formations of brain coral and many classes of sea fans are attached to the ship. Divers will come across marine life in their dives.

Divers will find many fascinating shipwrecks near the British Virgin Islands. The R.M.S. Rhone and Chikuzen are two illustrations of wrecks in this part of the Caribbean.

The R.M.S. Rhone, a ship constructed in England, transported cargo, mail, and passengers for two years. In 1867, on her tenth journey, she was at anchor near Peter Island, when the dropping barometer indicated an on-coming storm. During the storm, the captain chose to take the ship to the open sea to get through the storm, but when attempting to bring up the anchor, the anchor broke loose. The ship sailed out under full power, but the force of the hurricane smashed it into two sections on the rocks in Tortola. Most of the passengers and crews were killed. Currently, the Rhone is in a marine park called the R.M.S. Rhone National Park. Laws forbid divers from taking relics, shells or coral from the site. The bow of the ship, which is in one piece, points north and lies at a depth of 90 feet. The crow’s nest and foremast are each in once piece. One canon is located in the remains. In addition, the stern is at right angles to the bow and is more shallow water. Divers can view various parts of the ship including the boilers, portholes, and propeller.

The Chikuzen was a ship used by a fishing company for refrigeration. The ship’s owners tried to tow the ship out to sea when it learned of an approaching storm. After their attempt to sink the ship failed, the owner’s s tried to burn the ship but that fell short. Local people feared that the drifting ship would end up on shore, so a tugboat took the ship seven miles off Tortola where the ship went down. The ship is lying on her side and is a well-liked diving setting because of the kinds of fish seen at the wreck. While marine life has not grown on ship, many schools of parrotfish, grunts, barracuda and parrotfish, as well as large fish, for instance eagle rays and amberjack dwell there.

Diving these magestic doomed ships can be a great adventure for any couple who is looking for excitement on their honeymoon. If you would like to explore some of these shipwrecks off the coasts of Aruba, you can find some of the best romantic resorts to stay at here.

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