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#429-17; Inside the stern of Carnartic.
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#429-13; Close to the stern.
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#429-05; The beautiul stern.

Carnartic

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Updated 8th. of August, 2005

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The Carnartic was a nice, british ship with mixed propulsion of steam and sail, built in 1862, at the London shipyard Samuda Bros. The ship was 89,9m in length and 11,6m wide with a 1776tonnage. The 4-cylinder engine supplied the vessel with 2422HP.
Despite of good weatherconditions, the ship hit the reef of Abu Nuhas in the Strait of Gubal, the night between the 12-13th. of September, 1869. Onboard the Carnartic was 34 passengers and 176 crew members. The cargo contained cotton bales, the finest wine and soda water, mail to the british troops in India and 40.000 sterling in gold. A legend tells that some of the 40.000 sterling is still inside the hold.
Because of the good weatherconditions, the Captain Phillip Button Jones did not see any danger and waited for assistance from another P&O liner, named Sumatra, operating in the same area.
In the night on the 14th. of September, the water raised quickly in the hull and increasing wind and waves snapped the Carnartic into two pieces. The ship sank quickly and 31 men lost their lives.
Today the wreck is found laying in a position of 45degrees, out from the reef, between depths at 16 to 27m.
In daytime The sunlight nicely penetrates the wreck through the remains of the deck and the windows at the stern.
At the beautiful bow, a ring of copper, where the bowspritt was integrated, is still in place...... A nice detail that reminds us of a time when the big ships carried sail.

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#429-35; The very intact bow of Carnartic.
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#429-33; Maindeck of Carnaric.
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#429-07; Divers by the stern.
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#429-23; View through the maindeck
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#429-22; Inside the wreck, looking at the stern.
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#429-19; Inside the wreck, looking at the bow.
 
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#429-37; The bow of Carnartic.
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#429-36; Diver above the bow of Carnartic.
   
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#429-11; Stern of Carnartic