RMS ATHENS WRECK

South Africa, Western Cape

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The SMS Athens Wreck is a shallow wreck that's easily accessible from shore. The Athens is one of the ships that went down off the coast of Cape Town during a severe northwest storm on May 17, 1865. The ship ran into shore near Mouille Points, Cape Town. All thirty crew members died in the disaster. The engine block of the Athens can be seen sticking out above the waves from the parking lot. The wreck is quite damaged by treasure divers and overgrown with kelp. It's an easy dive, but don't enter the water in high swells.

Particulars

The SMS Athens is easily accessible from the shore. Park at the intersection of Beach and Fritz Sonnenberg in Mouille Point, Cape Town. The wreck lies only 50 meters off shore.

Warnings

Watch out for boat traffic, nets and increasing currents at the Athens Wreck.

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RMS ATHENS WRECK Features

Nicknames
Royal Mail Ship Athens
Address
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Parking
Sufficient parking
Distance
100 m.
Suitable for
All levels, underwater photography
Permit
N.v.t. / NA
Access
Free access
Facilities
Hospitality
Water
Salt
Kind of dive
Shore dive, wreck dive
Current
Limited
Visibility
5 - 10 m.
Average visibility
4 m.
Depth
5 m.
Bottom
zand
Life
Dolphin, shark , seal
Other recreation
Boating, yachting

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