The Donator (Prosper Schiaffino)

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The Donator (Prosper Schiaffino)

The Donator (Prosper Schiaffino)

The Donator is a 78 meter long cargo ship, built in Norway in 1931. It was bought over by a French company in 1933 and was re-named 'Petite-Terre' as its main duty was the banana trade. In 1939 it changed owner, again, to move to the Algerian company Schiaffino Bros. and transport wine between Algeria and France. Unfortunately (though it's any divers blessing!) in November 1945 it is struck its the bow on a drifting mine near the island of Porquerolles, South of France. The cargo ship sunk rapidly and is now lies intact and unbroken, 50 meters down... As an artificial reef, hosting a wealth of marine life, the Donator is one of the most famous shipwrecks on the French Mediterranean coast! Though the superstructure is almost completely gone, the main propeller, its sidekick, the wheel, and the engine are still there; swim through the outside corridors, via the dock, reach the sailors' quarters, the galley and its stoves. The wreck is covered in red and yellow gorgonian fans, with swarms of fish hovering around or settled on it: goatfish, snappers, breams, scorpionfish, conger and moray eels, nudibranchs... Because of the currents, the great depth and the sheer size of it, several dives are needed to explore this myth of a wreck!

The Donator is a 78 meter long cargo ship, built in Norway in 1931. It was bought over by a French company in 1933 and was re-named 'Petite-Terre' as its main duty was the banana trade. In 1939 it changed owner, again, to move to the Algerian company Schiaffino Bros. and transport wine between Algeria and France. Unfortunately (though it's any divers blessing!) in November 1945 it is struck its the bow on a drifting mine near the island of Porquerolles, South of France. The cargo ship sunk rapidly and is now lies intact and unbroken, 50 meters down... As an artificial reef, hosting a wealth of marine life, the Donator is one of the most famous shipwrecks on the French Mediterranean coast! Though the superstructure is almost completely gone, the main propeller, its sidekick, the wheel, and the engine are still there; swim through the outside corridors, via the dock, reach the sailors' quarters, the galley and its stoves. The wreck is covered in red and yellow gorgonian fans, with swarms of fish hovering around or settled on it: goatfish, snappers, breams, scorpionfish, conger and moray eels, nudibranchs... Because of the currents, the great depth and the sheer size of it, several dives are needed to explore this myth of a wreck!

The Donator is a 78 meter long cargo ship, built in Norway in 1931. It was bought over by ...

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Depth
  • Maximum 35
  • Maximum 25
Visibility
Good
Current
Strong current on the way down
Required scuba diving level / certification
Rescue Diver / CMAS 3 - Deep diving experience mandatory
Fauna
  • Other types of stingray
  • Barracudas
  • Moray eels
  • Groupers
  • Scorpion fish
  • Cleaner wrasses
  • Shoals of French bass
  • Kingfish
  • Mullets
  • Corb fish
  • Urchins
  • Nudibranchs
  • Scorpion fish
  • Red gorgonian fan
Flora
  • Posidonia

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The Donator (Prosper Schiaffino)