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Wreck Diving

Wreck diving is one of the must-see dives while visiting St. Croix.  While there are dozens of shipwrecks to visit on St. Croix, the THREE most popular and accessible are the Deep & Shallow Wrecks @ Butler Bay and Armageddon.

 

Butler Bay is 2.7 miles north of Frederiksted, the wrecks are most often reached with N2theBlue's daily boats (8:30am and 1:00pm).  However, the wrecks are also a popular shore dive but strenuous 15-20 minute surface swim.  If you do shore-dive the wrecks, please be sure to leave your valuables at N2theBlue when you get your tanks (kids will be kids and they know you're away for a while).

 

 

Deep Wrecks @ Butler Bay:

2 shipwrecks.  We start the dive with the boat tied onto the newest wreck (the tug boat) and sway towards the 177' steel-hulled freighter Rosa Marie.  We dive to the open gates of the freighter at ~76' and work our way towards the back.  The deepest point of the Rosa Marie is about 117' with her tower up near 80'.  After circling around the back end, we glide on over to the tugboat named Coakley Bay.  The tug sits in about 60' with her tower up near 30'.  From here we ascend along the mooring line, make our safety stop, and enjoy a surface interval before heading off to our next destination.  Definitely bring a camera/GoPro for this dive.  The coral and sponges have made these wrecks a spectacular sites.  There is often a shy seahorse to be found on the back of the Rosa Marie (named Steve) and schools of Atlantic spadefish circling the tug.  Be sure to look in the sandy bottom for resting southern stingrays -- they make for great photos.

  • Rosa Maria, a 177-foot freighter
    The Rosaomaira is a 177 foot long, steel hulled Venezuelan freighter. She capsized while her cargo was being prepared for off loading. Apparently the weight of her cargo was not balanced correctly, causing the ship to tip. After attempting to right the vessel and failing, it was discovered that the ship's owner was trying to smuggle diesel fuel onboard. The Rosaomaira was then towed to Butler Bay and sunk in April of 1986 with the aid of explosives.

    This wreck, known also as the Rosa, is now sitting in 110 feet of water, completely intact and upright. Left untouched since her sinking, her crews clothing and personal effects can still be found in their cabins. Average 80 to 200 feet, and there is usually little or no current.
     

  • Coakley Bay, an oil-refinery tug

 

 

 

 

Shallow Wrecks @ Butler Bay:

3+ wrecks.  The shallow wrecks include a trawler, tug boat, and a massive oil barge.  If you look closely at Google Earth, you can just barely make out the wrecks from satellite imagery. Amazing.  In the midst of these wrecks is NOAA's old HydroLab

  • Suffolk Maid, a 144-foot trawler

    Only a few hundred yards south of the Rosaomaira and a hundred yards north of the Northwind lies the wreck of the Suffolk Maid. She was a 144 foot long, steel hulled North sea trawler. The Suffolk Maid was washed up onto Frederiksted Pier during a hurricane in 1984.

    In December of 1985, the Suffolk Maid was towed to its present location and scuttled. She is know sitting upright on the ocean floor in 60 feet of water. Her superstructure was removed prior to her sinking. Again, this site has little or no current, and visibility is almost always good, ranging from 100 to 200 feet. Divers can still recognize the ship's name on her bow.
     

  • Virgin Islander, a 300-foot oil barge


     

  • North Wind, a 75-foot tug used in the TV movie Dreams of God — The Mel Fisher Story

    The Northwind is a 75 foot long, steel hulled ocean tug named after Mel Fisher's salvage boat that was used on the Atocha treasure recovery. According to Tom Long, the tug was used as a prop for the movie "Dream of Gold", starring Loretta Swit and Cliff Robertson a story about Fisher's search for the Atocha. After filming was completed, the tug was left behind. The Northwind was sunk by Cruzan Divers Inc. and Ship Services in May of 1986.

    Today, the vessel sits upright in 55 feet of water. Average visibility in the area ranges from 100 to 200 feet, and divers will marvel at the abundance of marine life which includes goat fish, rays, yellow tails, and an occasional turtle.

     

  • NOAA's old HydroLab
     

 

 

 

Armageddon:

Deep, non-traditional wreck -- this the remains of a large portion of the old Frederiksted Pier that was destroyed in 1989 by category 5 hurricane Hugo.  Steel girders reach in all directions towards the sky, slabs of concrete, portions of paved cement street surface, truck chassis, and more are piled into an enormous wreck at ~100' down.  This wreck is like watching the 1995 movie, Waterworld.

 

 

Other wrecks we don’t get to as often:
• The Victory
• a small airplane (only portions of a frame remain)

• submarine barge
• historic wooden wrecks – only their shattered cargo remains
• classic 1700s anchors overgrown with corals (typically found embedded in coral on the north shore).

 

 

WRECK DIVER CERTIFICATION SPECIALTY
PADI Wreck Diver specialty certification. With a Two Tank Dive, you’re half way finished with this specialty – so may as well get a certification out of it!  Although, we do recommend taking Peak Performance Buoyancy course before this.  It'll help you in so many ways.
 

DEEP DIVER CERTIFICATION SPECIALTY
PADI Deep Diver specialty certification. Here in St. Croix, there are so many dep dives, you'll easily be able to wrap up your Deep Diver Specialty Certification.  Do you know that colors disappear as you get deeper?  The color RED is gone after about 18 feet -- your eyes are amazing at color correction, but seriously, take the class and learn about Deep Diving.  There's quite a bit to pick up!
 

ADVANCED OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION

Deep dive is a requirement top get your AOW (Advanced Open Water).  Let us know you want to get your AOW and we'll get you advanced in your diving skills!  This is an easy certification with just 5 dives; you can knock out in two dive days.  Let's have fun!


 

 

Butler Bay Shallow Wrecks

17.751189, -64.895577

with N2theBlue's boat headed there for a dive.

 

 

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