Video: Bermuda’s Newest Shipwreck ‘Corinthian’

April 6, 2017

The Niobe Corinthian ship was towed away from Marginal Wharf and sunk, becoming Bermuda’s newest shipwreck, with the Corinthian shipwreck now part of the Bermuda Dive Sites Programme, with a 200 metre no fishing protected area status.

The original plan for the Niobe Corinthian was to circumvent Bermuda’s laws which prohibited gambling by taking customers off-shore. The plan never came to fruition, and the boat remained at the dock for many years, until eventually being towed away earlier this week.

Niobe Corinthian Bermuda, April 12 2016-1

The Ministry said, “The Corinthian shipwreck is now part of the Bermuda Dive Sites Programme managed by the Office of the Custodian of Historic Wrecks, head of the Marine Heritage Section at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“The Corinthian has a 200 metre no fishing protected area status signed into law by the Minister of the Environment. There are two specific buoys for dive boats and visiting boats to tie up to near the wreck.

Corinthian shipwreck Bermuda April 6 2017 (1)

“This Bermuda Dive Sites Programme manages over 40 signature wreck and sites of natural marine beauty. These sites are designated as protected for their aesthetic, natural and cultural historic value,” said Minister of the Environment, Sylvan Richards.

“Bermuda is literally surrounded by a ring of stunning, globally recognised protected sites – protected specifically to be enjoyed responsibly the public,” the Ministry added.

Corinthian shipwreck Bermuda April 6 2017 (3)

“With purposely designed mooring systems managed by the Marine Heritage Section and supported by the Stempel fund for over 20 years, the Dive Sites Programme is a globally recognised system of protected sites where fishing in all forms is illegal within a set distance, and anchoring is actively discouraged.

“These sites are important controls for marine scientists and diving the sites is a bucket list item for many residents and visitors to Bermuda.”

Corinthian shipwreck Bermuda April 6 2017 (4)

Dr. Philippe Rouja, who manages the Dive Sites Program said, “They earn their keep. We invest a lot in managing and monitoring these sites but they feature regularly in international documentaries and visitors repeatedly comment that their experiences at any number of these areas were the highlight of their vacation.

“The wrecks give us a unique perspective on human history, inspire us to stop and pay attention to the natural world around us that we depend upon – yet underline the sensitivity of natural systems and frankly beg the question: should all natural areas should be treated with the same respect. Wrecks like the new Corinthian site are now acting as a new habitat for nature to take back.”

2-minute video of the sinking of the Niobe Corinthian courtesy of Dr. Philippe Rouja:

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  1. wahoo says:

    Was it just coincidence that this article appears right above the BPSU/Jason Hayward story…..Shipwreck, train wreck.

  2. Keen Observer says:

    It would have been nice if the people who had to spend countless hard-working man hours to clean, pump out wastes, dismantle and so forth, the Corinthian , over the last couple of years could have been invited to be on hand to sink this large boat. People on this island are more so becoming ‘numbers’ to Government bosses and politicians, rather than real people. The Disconnect continues to WIDEN.

    • Paul says:

      The sinking was open and many public boats had people watching the event. Less complaining more looking for the facts. The agencies involved were invited to watch the event.

  3. just wondering says:

    This could have been a real marketing opportunity for Bermuda Diving and once again we seem to have let the opportunity drift past.

    • wahoo says:

      What are you talking about? This is a dive site and is protected from fishing it is all about Bermuda Diving.

    • Paul says:

      You do realise that the “new” dive site is now being offered by the Dive charters in Bermuda? You’d think they were not using this new marketing opportunity to explore a wreck.

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Next take that waste of money, always broken down, money pit, dock queen of a tugboat up Dockyard & sink that someplace easily accessible to the public & dive businesses.