The Michel C. shipwreck

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The Michel C. shipwreck

The Michel C. shipwreck

The Michel C is a 39 meter long steam cargoship, built in Belfast in 1866 under the name 'Correo de Cette'. It changed owners several times and was bought in 1894 by the maritime company Castaldi, that renamed it 'Le Michel C.'. Eventually, a Marseille-based company, Busk, bought it over and equipped it with two independant engines and propellers... On the foggy night of November 26th 1900, loaded with wheat and beer, it suffered a collision with another steam boat, the Amphion, close to Giens Peninsula. It sank rapidly down to 40 meters but was shredded on a rocky ridge around 50 meters in depth. Now it lies next to another boat, the 'Ville de Grasse', a steamboat that perished in 1851. You can still see the main parts of the boat, its core: the 2 engines with their screw, the anchor resting on the bottom, the boiler and the bow. Though the marine life isn't as dense and diverse than on other local wrecks, it is still worth checking: conger eels and groupers have settled in the area, along with the classic Mediterranean damsels and wrasses. Check out the gorgonian fans and the rare black coral along the drop-offs nearby...

The Michel C is a 39 meter long steam cargoship, built in Belfast in 1866 under the name 'Correo de Cette'. It changed owners several times and was bought in 1894 by the maritime company Castaldi, that renamed it 'Le Michel C.'. Eventually, a Marseille-based company, Busk, bought it over and equipped it with two independant engines and propellers... On the foggy night of November 26th 1900, loaded with wheat and beer, it suffered a collision with another steam boat, the Amphion, close to Giens Peninsula. It sank rapidly down to 40 meters but was shredded on a rocky ridge around 50 meters in depth. Now it lies next to another boat, the 'Ville de Grasse', a steamboat that perished in 1851. You can still see the main parts of the boat, its core: the 2 engines with their screw, the anchor resting on the bottom, the boiler and the bow. Though the marine life isn't as dense and diverse than on other local wrecks, it is still worth checking: conger eels and groupers have settled in the area, along with the classic Mediterranean damsels and wrasses. Check out the gorgonian fans and the rare black coral along the drop-offs nearby...

The Michel C is a 39 meter long steam cargoship, built in Belfast in 1866 under the name ...

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Depth
  • More than 40
Required scuba diving level / certification
Advanced - CMAS 2 with experience
Fauna
  • Moray eels
  • Groupers
  • Conger eels

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