Bay Islands, Honduras
Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands and the most developed.
approximately 900 miles south-southwest of Florida, this island is
miles long by two miles wide.
Diving in Roatan is similar to that of Guanaja. There are also
cliffs, and crevices to be explored.
The Gwendolyn was a 200 foot long, Honduran mine sweeper. She ran
into an offshore reef on the northwest side of Roatan in 1955 and
sank to the bottom. She is now lying upside down on the ocean floor
120 feet of water. Visibility on this wreck ranges from 20 to 50
Off the south side of Roatan lies the wreck of the Prince Albert.
foot long, steel hulled island freighter had exhausted her useful
life and sat
unattended and rusting for quite some time. She was finally donated
owner, a Roatan business man, to be sunk as an artificial reef.
In preparation for her sinking, The Prince Albert's hatches were
and several four foot by six foot holes were cut through her
These steps assured easy and safe diver exploration of the ship's
The Prince Albert was then taken in tow by the shrimp boat Sheena
While under tow, the freighter became unmanageable and ran aground
a reef where she remained for over a week, refusing to budge and
snapping the tow cable of the struggling shrimp boat. The trawler
Eleanor and her volunteer crew with the benefit of favorable weather
conditions were finally able to pull the Prince Albert off the reef
the ship to her present location. The crew opened her valves, and
an hour and a half she sunk to the bottom.
The wreck now sits upright and intact in 65 feet of water in a sand
She seemingly invites
divers to explore her pilot house, passageways, cargo
holds, and compartments. Visibility at the site changes with the
from excellent to a little murky.
Within the next few years this wreck is going to develop into a
reef supporting an eco chain that ranges from plant life to large
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taken with permission from the book Tropical Shipwrecks by Daniel
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