• James E Aarons DVM

Zenobia Shipwreck


Zenobia is a roll on roll off ferry that sank on her maiden voyage from Sweden to Syria.

She never reached her destination, as computer problems with the ballast system caused her to begin to list not far off the coast of Cyprus. Each time the Ship's captain tried to compensate for the listing, she would begin to over-correct and list to the other side.

Eventually, a distress call was placed to the Cypriot authorities. Zenobia was not in good shape!

The response was not quick enough coming and bit by bit, the crew worked to remove the Computer Systems and the Passengers from the ship as Zenobia continued to list, firstly to the bow then to port side.

The last time Zenobia began to list to port side all passengers and the crew finally had been evacuated. Unfortunately, a Port side door had been left open and water crept into the ship.

There was no hope left for Zenobia now, she was sinking and her only hope was to be towed into shallow water in the port of Larnaca, Cyprus.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) by the time the authorization to dock in Larnaca arrived, there was nothing but bits of ship floating on the surface.

Zenobia is the perfect wreck for all certification levels of diver as the top of the wreck sits at 60 feet. She stretches down to the sea-bed at 130 feet and is partially buried in it.

Diving the outside of the wreck, there is plenty to see. The articulated trucks that went down with Zenobia are scattered on the sea floor and there are still 2 trucks hanging on chains from Zenobia's deck.

The propellers of Zenobia are found at the stern of the wreck. The first is at 88 feet while the second is down at around 120 feet. Monty our resident Moray Eel lives in the top propeller and is usually ready for a photo shoot.

The canteen and the Bridge are both found at around 85 feet and are nice little swim-through penetrations for all levels of diver.

For more advanced Divers, there is the possibility of penetrating the Zenobia Wreck through the main lorry deck.

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