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Bill Jones Two Shipwrecks in Two Weeks!
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Captain FoxIn August 2002, the Captain Fox came to rest in 40 feet of water at Stuart Cove's at Nassau in the Bahamas.  The 80-foot fishing trawler joins existing wrecks Manana and Fenwick Stirrup forming the third link in Nassau's newest dive site called The Steel Forest.

The three ships are lined up about 50 feet apart.  The bow of the first ship is in 40 feet of water while the stern of the third is in 110 feet of water.  Bottom topography is a sand bottom that starts at 30 feet and Manana slopes to 120 feet where it drops over the edge of what many call the Tongue-of-the-Ocean wall.  The idea is to create a wreck site that allows experienced divers to start off deep and do a multi-level profile while at the same time allowing less experienced divers to still enjoy some new wrecks without having to worry about deeper depths.
 Fenwick Stirrup
The sinking of the Captain Fox and Manana marked the culmination of an ambitious undertaking where Stuart's Cove and the team from Dive Bahamas sunk two new shipwrecks in a 2-week period, both of which went down beside the Fenwick Stirrup which was sunk in 1997.

The Bahamian government donates the tugs for towing and acquires title to the scuttled vessels.  It's a win-win private sector - public sector relationship promoting tourism and ecology.

The Manana is a 150-foot island cargo ship with a tall wheelhouse up front and the rear is an island ferry type that you could drive semi trailers onto it.  The ship's flat bottom allowed her to settle upright.

There are now 15 different wrecks that divers can visit while diving with Stuart's Cove.

Editor Note:  Bill Jones, The Scuba Guy, is a PADI Master Instructor and a Published and Award-Winning Writer
 

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