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Aruba - Isle of wrecks

Appeared in DIVER June 2010

Aruba is the forgotten ABC island so far as British divers are concerned, with Bonaire and Curaçao enjoying a higher profile - but with all its wreck assets it deserves more attention, says John Liddiard

Electric motor from the refrigeration pump on the German wartime wreck Antilla
Electric motor from the refrigeration pump on the German wartime wreck Antilla

  • Cable stays to the mast
    Cable stays to the mast
  • The Antilla's mast
    The Antilla's mast
  • Smallmouth grunts by the mast-foot of the Debbie II
    Smallmouth grunts by the mast-foot of the Debbie II
  • Honeycomb moray on the Pedernales
    Honeycomb moray on the Pedernales
  • Divers on the Jads boat
    Divers on the Jads boat
  • Bollards at the stern of the Debbie II
    Bollards at the stern of the Debbie II
  • lionfish have a bounty on their heads
    lionfish have a bounty on their heads
  • Inside the main cabin
    Inside the main cabin
  • Cockpit of the Corvair CV-240
    Cockpit of the Corvair CV-240
  • Inside the cabin of the Air Aruba Y S-11 aircraft
    Inside the cabin of the Air Aruba Y S-11 aircraft
  • and inside
    and inside
  • the cockpit and nose from the outside
    the cockpit and nose from the outside
  • Diver on the Jane Sea wreck
    Diver on the Jane Sea wreck
  • Anchor-winch
    Anchor-winch
  • Stern railing on the Star Gerren
    Stern railing on the Star Gerren
  • French angelfish at Harbour Reef
    French angelfish at Harbour Reef
  • 1 Antilla (15m) 2 Debbie II (24m) 3 Pedernales (8m) 4 Star Gerren (20m) 5 Harbour Reef / Tug Boat (13-30m) 6 Sonesta aircraft (24-30m) 7 Sponge Reef (5-26m) 8 Tire Reef (5-30m) 9 Barcadera Reef (7-27m) 10 Kantil Reef (13-30m) 11 Skalahein (5-30m) 12 Jane

    1 Antilla (15m) 2 Debbie II (24m) 3 Pedernales (8m) 4 Star Gerren (20m) 5 Harbour Reef / Tug Boat (13-30m) 6 Sonesta aircraft (24-30m) 7 Sponge Reef (5-26m) 8 Tire Reef (5-30m) 9 Barcadera Reef (7-27m) 10 Kantil Reef (13-30m) 11 Skalahein (5-30m) 12 Jane Sea (7-30m) 13 Plonco Reef (7-30m) 14 Palm Slope (5-30m+) 15 Gino's Choice (7-30m+) 16 The Fingers (7-30m+) 17 Mangel Halto Reef (5-18m) 18 Pos Chiquito (7-30m+) 19 Isla di Oro Reef (7-30m) 20 Baby Beach Reef (7-20m)

  • John Liddiard
    John Liddiard
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