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In June of 1976 the Salvatierra was navigating the San Lorenzo channel at night and struck Suwanee Rock, tearing a 12 foot long 1 foot wide gash in the engine room. The engines quickly succumbed to the seawater and without power or lights the ship drifted into the channel and sunk in 18m/60ft of water on a sandy plateau. The crew and passengers escaped in the life boat with minor injuries. There was a salvage attempt which failed, you can read more about it here. The ship lies on it’s port side with the bow facing south. The stern and bow are largely intact but there are no areas for safe penetration. The special part about this dive site is that it is a real wreck, not sunk intentionally to make an artificial reef. The Salvatierra has a long history, including landings in Italy and France during World War Two. It has a healthy population of reef fish and a large diversity of invertebrates both on the wreck itself and the sandy areas surrounding it.

Off Italy in 1943


YouTube; youtube.com/watch?v=b_AKnLr0JEk

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BajaConnections - 4/09/2017 2:29 PM
Rating Added: 5
Good wreck dive

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