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Scuba Diving Bermuda
Dive Site: Constellation and the Montana
Description: Paddlewheel steamer and schooner wrecks
Length: 80 metres (263 feet) & 60 metres (200 feet)
Depth: 12 metres (40 feet)
Visibility: 10 - 20 metres (30 - 65 feet)
This dive can cover two wrecks as they are in fairly close proximity to each other. Both wrecks lie in approximately 12m along the seabed across the reef and on the sandy seabed.
The Montana is a 236 foot paddlewheel steamer which sank in 1863, an elusive Civil War blockade runner which now lies on the seabed at about 12m depth. The wreck is now adorned with both hard and soft coral with swim-throughs and interesting photogenic paddlewheels. This is a really beautiful historic wreck.
The Constellation is a 200 foot American schooner built in 1918. In 1943 whilst carrying building materials, medicinal drugs and cases of scotch whiskey to Venezuela she went down on the north-west coast of Bermuda. The wreck litters the reef with cement packages with plenty of bottles scattered around and within the wreck. There is little wreckage to swim into so exploring is mainly rummaging through the interesting artefacts, which still remain. This wreck is probably most famous for being the film set for the 1970s classics diving film 'The Deep'. This site is a real historical dive site of good interest.
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