Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2017 | Page 234

The cruise ship sank while under tow by a British naval vessel. She broke her tow line and instead of ending up beached on Point Salines (as was planned), her rudder seized full to starboard, she veered off out to sea. Before they could re- establish a line to her, she sank. The wreck now lies in 50m of water at the base of Whibbles Reef. The Government of Grenada had asked that she is not left permanently buoyed. This means the most usual method of diving her is a free descent through the blue to her decks at an average depth of 33m. The bottom of the swimming pool is at 40m and the tip of her bow is at 30m. A drift dive along her length between the two in the prevailing gentle (usually) current takes you past many points of interest. The collapsed funnel of the wreck is still sporting a large letter C indicating the “Costa Line”. Some of the lifeboat davits make useful landmarks on your cruise to the bridge. The bridge has now been completely flattened but the view across the fore deck reveals broken stairs, winding winches, fallen spars covered in soft coral and the remains of the forward mast. The top of the food chain is most usually a large barracuda or two, although Black Tip sharks and Bull sharks have been spotted. Often you can also see several eagle rays cruising around the wreck. Forward from here takes you to the tip of the bow and the chance to hang at 30m and look down the hull to 50m and marvel at the sheer size and realize why she earns the title “Titanic of the Caribbean”. Because