Discovering new wrecks
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The discovery of an unknown wreck is certainly one of the most beautiful emotions a diver can experience. However, it is an increasingly rare event now, the wrecks that can be visited with scuba loaded with compressed air are now practically all known in the various areas of the Mediterranean Sea, since for the safety of diving you dive to depth which do not exceed 50 meters.
Even if “the sea is always and in any case great“, the spirit of adventure that made even less experienced divers explorers is now lost, either because of the huge cost that this sport now requires, or because it is increasingly rare for divers to be gifted. of a boat and own equipment, plus the great patience and the many lost dives that are necessary to achieve a minimum result.
It is obvious that to find new wrecks it is impossible to plumb the seabed meter by meter in the hope of making new discoveries, so we often resort to the little information we have from local fishermen, from the news handed down by the local “old and elderly” who know the history, the coast and those historical news that often sometimes become legends and incredible stories.
Or perhaps in a slightly more scientific way, historical documents are used, the reports of catches that fishermen make to the Coast Guard and the various Port Authorities, to study all the possible nautical charts and publications, to derive those notorious coordinates. geographical that lead us to make a nice dive, or many empty dives to be able to say I found a new wreck.
In this video we filmed what could really be a new discovery or otherwise the wreck and what remains of an unknown ship or unit. From what we have seen in this dive we can make few sure conjectures, except that we are in the presence of a rather recent wreck dating back to the first or second world war. The remaining warping, structure, and planking are certainly made of steel and rather thick about one or two centimeters, and the thing that does not surprise us at all is that the ship appears to have been completely destroyed by a mine or a bomb plane as the remains are scattered about 50/100 meters from the main wreck.
Part of the keel and the main frame are recognizable, portions of the right and left side (almost parallel to each other), and a mass of sheets in front that seem to be part of what must have been the bow, since the two openings can be seen on the deck from which passes the chain that probably hides the anchor completely covered in sand under the bow.
From what little we have seen in this first dive, it makes us think of one of the many wrecks in the area that crossed a minefield of the Second World War and that from the size and characteristics of the remaining elements it could also be a barge or a unit from transport. Exploring the surroundings we thought we would also find the rest of the ship and the stern which, however, we were unable to identify on this dive. Who knows if the clear water and the shallow depth will allow us to make other discoveries on this possible new wreck.