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Mount Parness, Manoussis, Constantinos Pateras

  1. Name: Mount Parness, Manoussis, Constantinos Pateras
  2. Type of vessel: merchant ships
  3. Flag: Greece
  4. Date of sinking: 1920, 1922 and 1935, respectively
  5. Cause: leak
  6. Location: O Carrumeiro Chico shallow (Corcubión)
  7. Diving level: very high
  8. GALP territory: Costa da Morte (Coast of Death)

HISTORY

The graveyard of Greek steamships

O Carrumeiro Chico shallows are a stone that barely peeks out above the water surface at high tide. It is currently marked by a beacon light that warns sailors of its presence, as it is located right on the access route to the estuary of Corcubión. It has always been considered one of the greatest navigational hazards in the area.

About a dozen vessels have been known to have been shipwrecked due to this stone, such as the British ships Rosalie (1905), Albion (1908), the Russian ship Maria (1910); or the Greek ships Manoussis (1920), Constantinos Pateras (1922) and Mount Parnes (1935). In fact, the high presence of Greek vessels led some authors to baptise this stone as “the Greek steamships’ graveyard”.

Fortunately, and despite the high number of shipwrecks, the number of fatalities is insignificant at this point, in contrast to other places on the Costa da Morte (Coast of Death).

Nowadays, under the water of Carrumeiro Chico are the boilers of the old steamships, anchors, remains of the hulls and structures of the ships and real underwater beaches formed by the ore cargoes. Even at some 40 metres depth, the remains of one of these steamships are preserved intact.

These circumstances allow us to learn more about a period in which maritime traffic conditioned the history of these ports in this part of the European Atlantic arc.

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