Nassau, Bahamas - Continuing
the great cooperation between Government and the Private
sector, the Port Authority of Nassau has released the
200-ft vessel “Ray of Hope” to Stuart Cove’s
for sinking as an artificial reef. On July 7, 2003 the
team at Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, headed by
Operations Manager David Eads, Facilities Manager Mark
Lessard, and Maintenance Manager Alex Paul completed
preparations and successfully rested her on the bottom.
200-ft long wreck is sitting upright and is located
directly behind the “Bahama Mama” with its
bow at 40 feet sloping down to the stern at 60 feet.
She landed fully intact and allows divers to penetrate
her interior, cabins, and gangways. The large cargo
hold is open and is crossed with beams that cast shadows
along the floor. While she was last legally registered
as a Haitian freighter, her side plate indicates a previous
registration in Belize. When you visit the office or
engine room placards indicate she was constructed in
The “Bahama Mama”
has deteriorated over the past few years. Placing the
“Ray of Hope” behind it has created a welcome
upgrade to the site. The location is excellent with
a wall and shark dive nearby. This new wreck will give
underwater photographers incredible new views to frame
their shots with.
The “Bahama Mama”
as already one of the most popular wrecks on the island.
The location has a large sand patch that looks like
a giant runway from the air and sits right on the edge
of the Tongue-of-the-Ocean wall. In addition, it is
close to shore providing for short boat trips and good
protection from the elements.
to David Eads “this one was not that difficult,
all we had to do was wait for a good day, then we tied
the bow of the “Ray of Hope” to the “Bahama
Mama” and set out two stern anchors so she wouldn’t
Alex Paul who headed
up the cutting team added, “The government gave
us plenty of access ahead of time to the vessel. That
allowed my team to get on board while she was still
tied up at the docks to cut through the bulkheads and
tanks. With the extra time I was sure there were no
air pockets that would have caused her to roll”.
The “Ray of Hope”
is now the 16th wreck location on the southwestern side
of New Providence Island and joins over 40 other named
spots for recreational divers and snorkelers to explore
the underwater world. Stuart Cove’s is the leading
full service dive operation on the island and can provide
divers complete packages that include accommodations,
ground transfers, and the underwater adventures of a
lifetime. To begin planning your first dive on the "Ray
of Hope" visit www.stuartcove.com
or call 800-879-9832.
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