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Photographer:MOMO [View profile]Title:REGGIOAdded:Aug 31, 2006
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
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Vessel type:Ro-ro Cargo
Gross tonnage:3,713 tons
Summer DWT:1,433 tons

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Build year:1960
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Timsen on Sep 04, 2006 08:50 (12 years ago)
Maybe the story belonging to the wreck is of interest for viewers:
The Reggio Messina was a ferry, 122 metres long, 17 metres wide and with a drought of over 6 metres. The ship originall transported trains as well as passengers. When it came to be retired from service, a Catalan company bought the Reggio with the intention of converting it into a pleasure boat to be opened in time for the 1992 Olympic Games. To this end, scrapping works started on the deck where the trains were transported, and the shipīs engines were taken out. But the many holes caused by these operations left the ship defenceless when heavy rains fell at the end of the year and caused the ferry to sink right there in the wharf.

The serious damage suffered made the original idea quite unfeasible (ie to convert into a dance hall/restaurant) and while it waited in the waters of the port of Barcelona, its fate was decided on. The idea was to refloat it and transport it to a point on the Costa Brava, where it would be sunk again and become an accessible wreck for underwater divers to visit. The area chosen was the coast of Montgri, 2 miles north of the port of Estartit, near the Roca Foradada of Cap Castell. The choice was not fortuitous, the idea was to divert part of the pressure suffered by the Medes Islands by offering divers an alternative point of interest.

However, the problems hadnīt finished for the Reggio, while being resunk it fell to the bottom where it lay in a bad position and some time later,k the force oof east storms displaced it and broke it into three large pieces. The work done to condition it for visitors was so seriously impaired that for some time divers were advised not to visit it..

The hulk of the Reggio Messina lies alist on its port side, with the stern facing Punta del Castell.

The Reggio is broken in three main pieces, stern, central area and prow.

The stern is the largest and best preserved part, as it remains white vertical on its keel, with the end pointing towards the nearby Punta del Castell. The stern section is 60-70 metres long and lies on the seabed at a depth of about 32 m, which is why exploring this fragment can be considered a complete dive itself.

The middle piece (between 20 and 30 metres long) is particularly damaged with its upper part torn off and completely displaced to portside, now resting on the bottom. Exploring this part of the ship with poor visibility can be chaotic and one has the feeling of crossing an untidy mass of underwater junk. Among the sheets around the deck numerous lobsters have adopted the Reggio as their home.

The prow is also damaged quite badly and very lopsided. This section is over 20 metres long, with a considerable layer of sediments (sometimes more than 10cm thick) covering most of the structure.

The main deck, where the remnants of the old railway tracks can still be seen, it at a depth of 28m. Above the deck the stern mast rises 16-17m.

A few months after its sinking, the Reggio was already covered with seaweed and invertebrates, although the population growth has been fairly slow. Around the ship you can see damselfish, bream etc, but on the decks there are starfish, sea urchins, some octopus and lobsters.
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