Diving on Silvio's Wreck

The Silvio wreck is now reduced to very bad conditions due to the time that has passed but, above all, due to the fishing boats that cause continuous hooks with their trawl nets and then, in an attempt to recover them, cause further damage to the structure of the tug; the wreck is in fact almost completely surrounded by fishing nets. As you can see from the video, the seabed on which it is located is a muddy seabed and a few movements by the diver are enough to lift the mud and make visibility poor; therefore considerable experience is required to avoid accidents and dive in complete safety. immersione sul relitto silvio

Relitto del Silvio Silvio wreck intotheblue.it
Relitto del Silvio Silvio wreck intotheblue.it

We have little information about this wreck, the Silvio probably sank during the towing of a barge loaded with copper, due to a storm. It appears that the barge damaged the stern of the tug and thus sank. This tugboat is located on a seabed of about 61 meters, in navigation trim, in the “Shoals of Vada” area a few miles off the coast between Livorno and Cecina.

Relitto del Silvio Silvio wreck intotheblue.it
Relitto del Silvio Silvio wreck intotheblue.it

Man’s relationship with the sea has always been very close because the sea has been a source of life with the exploitation of fish resources for its food, for trade with other peoples through transport ships, for the discovery of new lands and their conquest and unfortunately also with wars to resolve conflicts between peoples or nations. This intense activity has always had as a consequence negative effects caused by tragic events and therefore the shipwreck of boats and ships that have become wrecks at the bottom of the sea.

The determining factors that led to the sinking of ships are many; the main ones we can summarize as follows:

  • adverse weather conditions which the ship was unable to cope with;
  • collisions with submerged reefs or other ships which have caused hull breakage and the ship has embarked water;
  •  failures and deteriorations due to incorrect construction or age causing the collapse of the hull structure;
  •  the war events that have always existed in human history and are certainly the ones that caused the greatest number of wrecks present in all the seas of the world.
Relitto del Silvio Silvio wreck intotheblue.it
Relitto del Silvio Silvio wreck intotheblue.it

Ships built before the coal and oil era were built of wood and sunken ships never caused damage to the marine environment because wood at sea deteriorates rapidly and, apart from ceramic or metal alloys items such as bronze, nothing remains of the ship. If today we can admire the remains of ancient ships in museums it is because they remained under the sand or the mud of the seabed and this has determined their conservation.

Aragosta nel relitto del Silvio Spiny lobster in the Silvio wreck intotheblue.it
Aragosta nel relitto del Silvio Spiny lobster in the Silvio wreck intotheblue.it

The ships of the modern era instead at the time of the sinking cause a considerable marine pollution especially for the fossil fuels necessary for their navigation consequently there is a significant damage to the marine ecosystem, especially in coral reefs, and only in recent years the man committed himself to their recovery and when this was not possible at least to a reclamation, even if always partial, of the wreck.

Astice che vive dentro il relitto del Silvio Homarus gammarus which lives inside the Silvio wreck
Astice che vive dentro il relitto del Silvio Homarus gammarus which lives inside the Silvio wreck

Over time, marine flora and fauna gradually take over the wreck and make it their refuge especially where the seabed has no rocky areas; therefore it becomes useful because it acts as a refuge for many fish species and as a barrier for trawling which, as we know, greatly damages the seabed. Wrecks are also often a reason for attraction for scuba diving enthusiasts around the world. However, these dives can be very dangerous due to entrapments or subsidence of worn parts. Furthermore, many wrecks are found at high depths and therefore sophisticated equipment and rigorous preparation are required. immersione sul relitto silvio

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