DEVIL’S BACKBONE WRECKS (8-35FT):
It is easy to see how this area of barrier reef earned it’s name as it is home to many ship wrecks. As the structure of the Devil’s Backbone is very consistent, these wrecks share a similar topography. Reef structures are interesting from corals with undercuts and angular, jagged edges. Marine life is in abundance and you are likely to find lobsters, moray eels, together with tropical fish. Due to the shallow nature of these sites, snorkelers enjoy this area also.
The Carnarvon was a 186ft long steel hulled Welsh freight vessel ran aground off of North Eleuthera back in 1916. She sits on a sand bottom in shallow water of only 25 to 35 feet which makes it possible for long relaxing dives. Her huge anchors, propeller, boilers and engines are good photo opportunities.
Cienfuegoes SS was a Ward Line passenger steam-ship built in 1883 by the John Roach & Sons Shipyard in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. The 292ft iron hull had 6 watertight compartments. The ship ran a round February 5, 1895. There are mixed stories regarding the weather and sea conditions some claim there was enormous seas and haze and others said it was a calm and perfect visibility. No lives were lost.
This 260 foot Lebanese freighter is also known as the Freighter Wreck, or the Egg Island Wreck. This steel hulled vessel was run purposely aground in May of 1970. It is not known why, but a fire started in her galley, and spread with such speed and fury that her captain decided to save the crew by heading at full steam toward the nearest visible land, Egg Island. At the time of this unfortunate accident, the Arimoroa was carrying a cargo of fertilizer. All of her crew made it to land without injury. Today, the badly burnt rusting remains of the Arimoroa sit upright in 25 feet of water on a hard limestone bottom. All around the main wreckage is a debris field composed of steel hull plates, deck winches and various other machinery. One of the most intriguing aspects of this wreck is the impressive amount of fish that now congregate around her hull.