L’Espingole

Torpedo-boat destroyer near Saint-Tropez

Seitenwand der Espingole - die Holzbeplankung ist verrottet,  August 2004Überblick (© Axel Gutzmer), August 2004Schrottansammlung an der Espingole, August 2004Durchsicht (© Axel Gutzmer), August 2004Steuerbord-Seite mit Reling, August 2004Da steht noch was (© Axel Gutzmer), August 2004
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43° 9.80' N, 6° 36,30' E
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Data & Description

Rating¹:
good

Difficulty²:
experienced diver

Type of vessel:
Torpedo-boat destroyer

Port of registry:
France

Crew:
62

Length:
56 meters

Beam:
6 meters

Tonnage:
330 tons

Maximum speed:
27 knots

Launched:
1900

Sunk:
February 4th 1903

Reason sunk:
on calm sea and full speed accumulated on a shoal and sunk during the subsequent towing attempt

Position:
Point Andati near Cap Lardier

Minimum depth:
34 meters

Maximum depth:
39 meters

Local dive center:
European Diving School

Route planner:
Google Maps

Weather:

WetterOnline
Das Wetter für
Saint-Tropez

 

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Description dive spot:
The wreck is partially tilted to almost 60 degrees to the side. The edging of the bug has withstood the weight of the years a little better than the rest of the ship. Everywhere are missing large parts of the planking and the spans of the trunk are clearly recognizable as skeletons. You can easily penetrate the interior of the wreck in some places and admire the huge supply lines of the boiler in the engine room. The bow is covered with purple sponges. The propellers are almost completely immersed in the sand, only a small part of which can still be seen. Between the bow and the central part of the ship is a large cargo of bricks spread over the sand. In the middle part you will also find a lot of congers. Current is not an issue on the wreck, it is usually weak and the visibility is excellent.

Contributed by:
Martin Sebald, Alexander Schönleber

Last content update:
2007/02/20

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