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Exploring the famous wreck of the Rhone

 

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Virgin Islands Life – Exploring one of the Caribbean’s most famous shipwrecks: RMS Rhone

Photography by Armando Jenik

RMS Rhone is one of the British Virgin Islands’ most popular dive sites, as divers are both fascinated by the underwater sea creatures which inhabit the wreck, and intrigued by the story of what once was a UK Royal Mail Ship built in Cornwall, England in 1865.

     During a hurricane on October 29, 1867, the Rhone crashed into some rocks off the coast of Salt Island. Tragically, the lives of 123 souls were lost, and only 23 passengers were left to bury the deceased at a nearby ceremony on the island.

     Rhone was an innovative ship and the first built to withstand the transatlantic journey to Brazil. The ship had weathered several major storms prior to the tragedy which ended her journeys, one of which in 1866 even destroyed two of her cutters and most of the deck furniture.

     RMS Rhone is now a National Park of the British Virgin Islands, inhabited by exotic sea life and possibly remnants of artefacts and treasures which have yet to be discovered by those who dive 85 feet below sea level to explore.

     Visit the Rhone and see what you can discover.

          See you here!

BARRACUDA UNDER BOW WEB

Barracuda under the bow

CANNON AND COLUMNS WEB

What was once the ship’s deck is now referred to by divers as the ‘Greek Columns’

INSIDE BOW WEB

Crow’s nest now covered in sea sponges 

GOLIATH GROUPER WEB

Giant Goliath Grouper 

GREEN MORAY ON THE RHONE WEB

Don’t disturb the Green Moray Eel!

HAUKSBILL TURTLE SWIMING OUT OF BOW WEB

Hawksbill Turtle 

HORSE EYE JACKS ON MID SECTION WEB

School of Horse Eye Jacks 

INSIDE BOW WEB

Orange sea sponges cover the “Rhone River” inside the bow 

LUCKY PORTHOLE WEB

Rub the lucky porthole clockwise for good luck! 

RHONE BOW AND MAST WEB

Diver’s explore the bow and mast 

RHONE PASSENGER DOOR WEB

Enter the Rhone … if you dare.

SQUIRREL FISH ON STERN WEB

Squirrel Fish explore the stern 

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Lauren Charley

Lauren Charley

Writer at aLookingGlass
Lauren graduated with an Honours B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She has worked as a feature magazine writer, where many of her stories pertained to events, people, activities, and places in popular tourist destinations.

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