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RMS Rhone wreck, not an HMS! - Virgin Islands (British)

Wreck of the Royal Mail Ship, Rhone. She broke apart during a hurricane. Great night dive as well.

From SportDiver Planet’s 50 Greatest Dives, #19 RMS Rhone

British Virgin Islands
As every dive briefing mentions, the Rhone was featured in the 1977 film The Deep, but even without Jacqueline Bisset and shark attacks, there’s plenty of adventure awaiting divers on the former Royal Mail Steamer that was wrecked off Salt Island in 1867 during a fierce hurricane. Most dive operators offer it as a two-tank excursion, starting on the relatively intact bow and making the second dive on the scattered remnants of the stern. After more than 140 years on the bottom, the Rhone is beautifully decorated; don’t miss a night dive to see orange cup corals opened and feeding. And afterward, don’t miss a stop at the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke, best known for inventing the Painkiller, a delicious — and potent — cocktail that lives up to its name. — PW