The Barbados Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks
Historical and current Barbados, Caribbean Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers, fisherman and marine historians.




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BARBADOS Southern Caribbean
Although comparatively small, this island is one of the most populated and
developed in the Caribbean.
Barbados diving is known for its wreck sites and reef formations. However,
due to the enormous amount of fishing done off the island, large fish are
seldom seen by divers.


This 60 foot French tug boat sank in 1919 off the south coast of Barbados.
Today, she sits upright and intact n 20 to 25 feet of water, only 100 yards
from shore. This site is often used as a training dive for scuba or resort
courses. The intact iron structure is heavily encrusted with coral, allows for
easy penetration, and portrays a classic shipwreck background for wide
angle photography. A local dive operator has set up a fish feeding station
on the site, so be sure to bring some food for the local inhabitants.

This vessel, according to Willie Hassell, owner of Willie's Watersports, is
a 160 foot long steamer that was scuttled intentionally in 1985 to form a
fish haven. She sits in 50 feet of water and has already attracted a nice
assortment of fish.

The Pamir wreck is a 155 foot freighter that was also intentionally scuttled
in 1985 to attract fish. She lies completely intact in 50 feet of water about
100 yards offshore. Located on the northwest side of the island, this wreck

can be visited by boat, or divers can reach her by swimming from the

Straronikita Shipwreck

Stavronikita after the fire. Note the SOS painted on her hull in an attempt to summon help to the stranded
crew. Photo courtesy W.M. Schell, negative by Charles F. Schell.

The Stavronikita is probably the most popular wreck on Barbados. She was
a 365 foot Greek freighter built in Denmark in 1956 and originally christened
the Ohio. On August 26, 1976, while en route from Ireland to the Caribbean
and carrying a cargo of 101,000 bags of cement, the vessel caught fire, killing
six crew members and injuring three others. An explosion that followed the
fire destroyed all of the ship's radio equipment, making it impossible for
the stranded crew to call for help. Twenty four crewmen drifted in the open
sea for four days before being rescued. The Stavronikits was then towed to
A year went by, and the vessel was still anchored off Carlisle Bay, Barbados.
On October 24, 1977 , she was purchased at an auction for the sum of $30,000
by the Parks and Beach Commission. The ship was then stripped of all the
machinery and brass that could be salvaged. She was cleaned of pollutants,
namely the 70,000 gallons of oil being carried in her fuel tanks and towed
to a spot just 400 yards offshore on the west coast of the island. On November
21,1978, the U.S. Navy demolition crew set seven charges totaling 200 pounds
and blew holes in the ship's hull, causing her to sink.

Today, the huge wreck Stavronikila rests in Exploration around and inside her pilot house,
by her bow where the vessel's name can still divers should not miss.


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Basic shipwreck information and images for the Caribbean section of this site was taken with permission from the book Tropical Shipwrecks by Daniel and Denise Berg.

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