British Virgin Islands, Salt Island, The Wreck of the RMS Rhone
It truly was a dark and stormy night in 1867 when the RMS Rhone went down between Peter and Salt Island, in the British Virgin Islands, with unfortunately, a loss of 123 people. The RMS Rhone rests to this very day, in waters shallow enough for both a great snorkeling experience, and a great scuba diving experience for any level of snorkeler or scuba diver from beginner to expert. The RMS Rhone was one of two ships built in England in the same period that were considered “unsinkable”. The other ship was the HMS Titanic. However, while the Titanic sank miles under the water onto the ocean floor in the chilly north Atlantic, only being explored now in modern history by special technology, the RMS Rhone sank in very shallow warm Caribbean waters during a hurricane and is one of the best opportunities available for even the snorkeling or scuba diving veriest beginner to explore a sunken ship wreck. For years showing just a mast above water, in the 1950’s the wreck was determined to be a maritime safety hazard and was further sunk to a depth of 30-80 feet under water.
Mooring balls are available so as not to upset the bottom where the ship now rests, between Peter and Salt Island. This is a rare sunken shipwreck where scuba divers can swim through the This snorkeling and scuba diving site was declared maritime national park in 1980. There is a significant amount of marine life that have made the wreck their home, including a very large Caribbean Spiny Lobster, and a Barracuda named Fang. Be sure to visit this site between Peter and Salt Island on a crewed yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands, for snorkeling and/or scuba diving on the sunken remains of the RMS Rhone.
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