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The Bimini Islands Shipwreck Directory  Bahamas Shipwrecks
Historical and current Bimini Islands, Bahamas Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers, fisherman and marine historians.
             

 

 

 

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The rusting hulk of the Sapona resting in only 15 to N feet of water. Photo courtesy Cathie Cush.

 
   

BIMINI
A group of islands known as Bimini lie about 50 miles from Miami and 105
miles from Nassau. The two main islands are North Bimini and South Bimini.
The waters off Bimini are known as the "Big Game Fishing Capital of the
World". They also offer excellent pan fishing and bone fishing.
Due to the small size of the islands, all dive sights can be reached quickly
by boat. The best wall dives are off the west coast of Bimini, while the barrier
reefs that surround the island are enriched with black coral gardens, beautiful
sponges and blue holes.

For more information about the Bahamas visit the Bahamas Board of Tourism’s official website –
www.bahamas.com


SAPONA
The Sapona, which was a ferro-concrete steamer is also known as the
Concrete Wreck. She was a 350 foot concrete hulled freighter, designed by
Henry Ford and built in 1919 by Liberty Ship Building Co. in Brunswick,
Ga. This 2,795 ton vessel was originally christened the Lone Star. She was
one of a handful of ships built with steel reinforced concrete. This type of
construction was done in an effort to conserve on precious steel during
World War I.


Due to the extreme weight of this vessel, the Lone Star quickly proved that
she was not cost efficient to operate and was sold soon after. A few years
later, the Lone Star, which was by this time renamed Sapona, was purchased
by a Bahamian who used the vessel to store prohibition whiskey. Rum runners
would cruise to and from Florida picking up their illegal cargo from the
Sapona, which was moored just offshore of Bimini.
ln 1926, a severe hurricane hit Bimini. Even though the Sapona had been
moved to a safe protected area, she was -broken into two after being
bounced off of the sea bed by massive merciless waves.
During World War II, the Sapona was utilized once again, this time as a target for bombing practice. Air Force and Navy planes flew from Florida
to Bimini to drop bombs on the Sapona. Accuracy of their staffing runs
were improved by firing 30 caliber bullets into her rusting hulk.
Today, the wreck of the Sapona rests in only 15 to 20 feet of water. She
is seen by some as an ugly, rusting hulk sticking out of an otherwise empty
sea, and by others as a wonderful underwater sanctuary for all types of
marine creatures. Due to her depth, this site can be explored by snorkelers
as well as scuba divers. Visitors of the Sapona will see yellow tails, blue
tangs, puffer fish, stingrays, queen and French Angelfish, barracudas, and
jacks. Just be careful of the fire coral which abounds on this wreck.

 

Basic shipwreck information and images for the Bahamas section of this site was taken with permission from the book Tropical Shipwrecks by Daniel and Denise Berg. You are invited to submit your shipwreck related articles, images and information. As long as the text, photographs, sketches etc are of professional quality we will showcase them. Full credit will be provide and a same page link to your web site can be arranged.
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