The wrecks of Saint-Pierre: plunging into history

The wrecks of Saint-Pierre: plunging into history

Many boats were anchored in the bay in 1902; now their wrecks lay 50 metres deep.

Many wrecks litter the bottom of the bay of Saint-Pierre, sunk by the eruption of Mount Pelée in 1902. Several diving clubs, like the Batelière, offer tours of the boats that sank in the waters of the Caribbean Coast.

Roraima, a Canadian cargo ship more than 100 metres long is a must. Captain Cousteau affectionately nicknamed it "the white-haired wreck" because of the algae that covers it. It burned for three days before it sank in 50 metres of water. A swim through the corridors and the engine room is included, but it is better to be accompanied by a professional. The Diamond, a steamship ferry that worked between Fort-de-France and Saint-Pierre, is also here. It has greatly deteriorated, with its disembowelled bow, and now rests in 25 metres of water that has become the haunt of vibrant sea life.

Another curiosity: Teresa Lo Vigo, a wooden sailboat with a copper-lined hull. We can still see part of the pottery cargo it was carrying. For all these discoveries, you must be an experienced diver. For beginners, the Amelia, a steel sailboat, is more accessible. It rests between five and 12 metres deep, and is now the lair of a colourful fish colony.

La Batelière scuba diving school
Hôtel La Batelière

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97233 Schœlcher

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