The Sagona shipwreck, a.k.a. 'Le Grec'

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The Sagona shipwreck, a.k.a. 'Le Grec'

The Sagona shipwreck, a.k.a. 'Le Grec'

'Le Sagona' shipwreck is best known amongst the diving community as 'Le Grec' (The Greek), because of the documents and papers written in Greek found inside the ship. 54 meters long, this cargoship was built in 1912 in Dundee's shipyards. It passed through a few different British owners and was bought over in 1943 by Greek shipowner Zaratti & Co Ltd to transport wine. In December 1945, less than a month after The Donator, it hit a floating mine off the island of Porquerolles, a few hundred meters away from its predecessor! It broke off into 3 blocks that lie about 45 meters deep, each piece about 60 meters apart: the exploration takes you between 35 and 47 meters! The propeller is still there, along with its immense crane, the cabins and lounge rooms; follow the corridors and land on the massive chimney. The wreck has turned into an amazing artificial reef with lots of yellow and red gorgonian fans all over the ship. Squirrelfish and soldiers, scorpionfish, groupers, morays, conger eels, anthias and the Mediterranean damselfish, the 'Castagniole' are everywhere! Don't miss this beautiful dive!

'Le Sagona' shipwreck is best known amongst the diving community as 'Le Grec' (The Greek), because of the documents and papers written in Greek found inside the ship. 54 meters long, this cargoship was built in 1912 in Dundee's shipyards. It passed through a few different British owners and was bought over in 1943 by Greek shipowner Zaratti & Co Ltd to transport wine. In December 1945, less than a month after The Donator, it hit a floating mine off the island of Porquerolles, a few hundred meters away from its predecessor! It broke off into 3 blocks that lie about 45 meters deep, each piece about 60 meters apart: the exploration takes you between 35 and 47 meters! The propeller is still there, along with its immense crane, the cabins and lounge rooms; follow the corridors and land on the massive chimney. The wreck has turned into an amazing artificial reef with lots of yellow and red gorgonian fans all over the ship. Squirrelfish and soldiers, scorpionfish, groupers, morays, conger eels, anthias and the Mediterranean damselfish, the 'Castagniole' are everywhere! Don't miss this beautiful dive!

'Le Sagona' shipwreck is best known amongst the diving community as 'Le Grec' (The ...

Other information

Depth
  • Maximum 35
  • Maximum 25
Required scuba diving level / certification
Technical cert. or CMAS 3. Deep and wreck diving experience highly recommended.
Boat trip duration
15 to 30 minutes
Fauna
  • Barracudas
  • Moray eels
  • Mola Mola
  • Groupers
  • Groupers
  • Conger eels
  • Crayfish
  • Yellow gorgonian fan
  • Red gorgonian fan

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The Sagona shipwreck, a.k.a. 'Le Grec'