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Blanche King
Built in 1887, this 192-foot wooden schooner sunk in 1920 after hitting a reef. Wreckage is sparse, including anchor winch, bronze spikes, mast rigging and deadeyes.

In only 30 feet of water, this large 350-foot British mail and passenger steamer sank in 1923. The ship’s anchor attached to the colossal anchor winch, huge boilers, steam engine and steel masts all remain.

Alas, the cargo of this 192-foot, 4-masted-wooden schooner included 700 cases of Scotch whisky. Used as a cargo vessel in World War II, the ship sank in 1943 in just 30 feet of water. Other cargo included cement sacks and thousands of glass ampoules.

Cristobal Colon
Bermuda’s biggest shipwreck, the 499-foot Spanish luxury liner sank in 1936 in only 20 to 55 feet of water. Wreckage includes boilers, steam turbines and propellers.

Sunk in 1881 due to a navigational error, this 286-foot steel-hulled freighter lies in only 20 to 35 feet of water. Still visible are steam boilers, propeller shaft and deck winches.

Sunk as an artificial reef in 1984, this former U.S. Navy buoy tender sits sits upright on a sand bottom at 80 feet. Fully intact, the ship has its mast, wheelhouse, cargo hold and deck winch.

Iristo (Aristo)
A 250-foot Norwegian freighter plowed into a reef in 1937.  Sitting in 50 feet of water, its stern is within 20 feet of the surface.

The Kate
A 200-foot Brigantine rigged, English-built iron steamer, she was en route to Le Havre, France when she struck a reef in 1878. Today she sits in 45 feet of water, with her boilers, engine, propel¬ler shaft and deck winches still visible.
King George
This 171-foot, 338-ton dredger started work in Bermuda in 1911 and remained active until 1930. It was scuttled 5 miles inside North Rock in 60 feet of water.

This 245-foot steel freighter sank in 1879.  It now rests in 15 to 35 feet with boilers, bow, stern and propeller all visible.

One of the oldest wrecks regularly dived, this French 60-gun, 3-masted wooden warship smashed on a the reef in 1838.  Dozens of its 9-foot-long cannons are scattered in 25-30 feet of water.

This 345-foot steel hulled passenger ship operating under the Canadian flag ran aground in 1903 while making a planned stop in Bermurda. She lies in 25-30 feet of water southwest of North Rock.

Mary Celestia
Built in England, this 225-foot side paddlewheel steamer served as a Confederate blockade runner during America’s Civil War. It hit the reef and sank in 1864 and now rests in 55 feet of water with one of its coral-encrusted paddlewheels standing upright.

Minnie Breslauer
This 300-foot steel-hulled English freighter was on its maiden voyage from Portugal to New York with a cargo of wine, dried fruit and cork when it sank in 1873. Resting in 35¬70 feet of water, its remains include the ship’s propeller, steam boilers and wheelhouse.

A 236-foot side-paddlewheel steamer, this Civil War blockade runner sank in 1863. It is encrust¬ed with soft and hard corals and lies in 30 feet with its boilers and paddlewheel intact.

North Carolina
This 205-foot English iron-hulled barque struck the reef in 1880 on New Year’s Day. It sits upright in 25¬40 feet of water with its bowsprit, sail rigging and deadeyes in place.

When it sank in 1940, this 385-foot steel-hulled freighter was traveling from West Africa to Baltimore car¬rying iron ore. In 55 feet of water, its giant boiler and engine stand upright and come within 10 feet of the surface.

This 323-foot British supply ship was carrying ammunition from Wales to Bermuda to support the garrison when it ran into the reef in 1915. Its wreckage sits in 15-30 feet and includes two boilers, an enormous engine and large propeller.

Rita Zovetta
This Italian ship with a lyrical name sank in a 1924 hurricane. At 360 feet long, this cargo ship ( which can be penetrated in spots) is in only 20 to 70 feet of water.  .

 Sea Venture
This 75-foot long passenger ship is on a 60¬foot sandy bottom in Eastern Blue Cut near the inshore reef. Sunk in 2007, the superstructure rises to within 30 feet of the surface.

The bow, engine and boilers of this 228-foot Danish steamer lies in 10 to 40 feet. Carrying a cargo of coal, the ship died on a reef  in 1920. 

Xing Da
Larger marine life resides  at this 221-foot Cantonese freighter seized in 1996 by the U.S. Coast Guard. The ship was sunk as an artificial reef in 1997.

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