Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Porto

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Vila do Porto

#1 - Vila do Porto

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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Portuguese cargo ship, launched in 1949. She was owned by Carregadores Açorianos Navigation Company and displaced 2.592 tons. This ship sank during a severe sea storm near Leixão Grande rock on the 20th of May 1955. The sea claimed the ship and broke her apart. Nowadays divers can find the ship's boiler and metal debris on the sea bottom. Due to the location of the wreck, diving is only possible when the sea is flat due to the risk of divers been throwned onto the rocks and pier by waves. She rests at 12m and, as all wrecks, has her share of marine life. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author) Vila do Porto is located just out of Leixões
Navio do Norte

#2 - Navio do Norte

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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The history of this wreck is unknown. We know that she is quite old, built of wood, but what kind of ship, where she came from and her destination is still a mystery. "Navio do Norte" is the name given by local fishermen to this wreck, located north of Angeiras village. It means "northern ship". From this vessel rests her cargo, or part of it, composed of iron cannons, bullets, wheels and other iron debris. It's still possible to see some pieces of wood that belongs to the main structure of the ship that have remained well preserved under the sand. This wreck rests in open sea, on a sandy bottom at 34m. Marine life on this site is amazing, with lots of small fish, lobsters, conger eels and amazing octopuses. There are lost lines and fishing nets on the wreck. We believe that this wreck is part of the steam-boat Tiber, owned by British company P&O Line. Tiber was an iron paddle steamer of 763 tons. This vessel was laid down on August 8th, 1846, and arrived in Southampton on October 26th from builders, Caird & Co in Greenock. She was originally to have been named "Ceylon", and ran P&O's Peninsular, Italian and Black Sea routes. Tiber was 56.29m long, 8.15m broad and 5.26m deep. She had 280hp engines, a speed of 9 knots and a bunker capacity of 225 tons. This steamer cost £28.600 and was insured for £20.000. On 21st February 1847, early in the afternoon, Tiber sank out of Vila Cha when she was homeward bound from Gibraltar. Her captain was Mr Bingham. The cause of her sinking is still inconclusive. In Portugal we found documents that say that this ship sank due to a severe sea storm and despites the efforts of local fishermen to help with the rescue of both passengers and crew, around 30 people died in this tragedy. In other researche, we found out that the ship was sailing in dense fog, hit a rock and sank in deep water within minutes with no casualties to report. Her cargo and mail sank with the ship and were lost. Among the cargo was a load of gold coins destined for the royal treasury. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author)
Charneca

#3 - Charneca

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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"Charneca" was a tugboat owned by Lisnave. She was sailing from Lisbon to give assistance to a cargo ship, but did not make it and decided to try to find harbour in Leixões where she arrived with many technical problems in the middle of a large and violent sea storm. The tug was throwing against the harbour water break by the strength of the waves, where her hull was holed and she sank on February 16th, 1986. Only one member of her crew survived. They were 4. The wreck lays in 14m of water on a sandy bottom. She is straight, pointing south, with her wheel house completely broken, reminding us of the fury of the sea that day. Her portside is slightly silted and in her midships, on her starboard side, divers can find the hole in the hull caused by the impact against the water break. There are many lines and cables loose inside the wreck, so care must be observed on entering. Outside the wreck, it's usual to see the existence of fishing lines and nets, which are a danger to divers due to bad visibility on the site. Due to her location, divers must also be aware of maritime traffic. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author) Just at the end of Quebra Mar (The wreck is S of the submerged breakwater reef).