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The dive site '''RMS Athens''' is an inshore historical wreck in the Green Point area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
  
 
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This site can be accessed from a boat or from shore. The site is about 1km from the Oceana Power Boat Club slipway at Granger Bay.
  
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Follow Beach Road from Sea Point to Mouille Point past the Green Point lighthouse. Pass Fritz Sonnenberg Road on the right and look for the car park on the left. The wreck lies a little further west. Its engine block can be seen approximately 75m out to sea. It is easiest to approach by way of the parallel gullies leading to the site
 
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S33°53.85’ E018°24.57’ (approximately)
 
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This site is not in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is not required.
  
 
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The "Royal Mail Ship Athens" was an iron steam screw barque of 739 tons, built in 1856 by Denny, Dumbarton and operated by the Union shipping company.  It was wrecked between Mouille Point and Green Point on 17 May, 1865 at night after the boiler fires were extinguished by heavy seas during a north-west gale while trying to steam out of Table Bay. She had been lying at anchor while preparing for a voyage to Mauritius. The site can be identified by the remains of the engine-block, which is visible abive the water. The Piscataqua was wrecked at the same place.
  
 
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Maximum depth is about 7m, average about 5m
  
 
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Rocks of form ridges and gullies.
 
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Precambrian sedimentary rocks, probably of the ''Tygerberg'' formation of the Malmesbury series.
 
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The surge can be quite strong
 
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Iron wreck of historical interest. Other wrecks in the vicinity include the Piscataqua, an American ship of 890 tons, wrecked here on 19 July 1865.
  
 
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Site specific hazards not known.
  
 
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No special skills recommended.
  
 
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Revision as of 12:22, 10 September 2009

The dive site RMS Athens is an inshore historical wreck in the Green Point area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


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Get in

File:Map or aerial photo
Map (or aerial photo) of the site

Access

This site can be accessed from a boat or from shore. The site is about 1km from the Oceana Power Boat Club slipway at Granger Bay.

Follow Beach Road from Sea Point to Mouille Point past the Green Point lighthouse. Pass Fritz Sonnenberg Road on the right and look for the car park on the left. The wreck lies a little further west. Its engine block can be seen approximately 75m out to sea. It is easiest to approach by way of the parallel gullies leading to the site


Position

S33°53.85’ E018°24.57’ (approximately)


This site is not in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is not required.

Understand

Topography

Rocks of form ridges and gullies.

Geology: Precambrian sedimentary rocks, probably of the Tygerberg formation of the Malmesbury series.

Conditions

The surge can be quite strong



See

Marine life

Features

Iron wreck of historical interest. Other wrecks in the vicinity include the Piscataqua, an American ship of 890 tons, wrecked here on 19 July 1865.

Photography

Suggested Routes

No particular route recommended.

Stay safe

Hazards

Site specific hazards not known.

Skills

No special skills recommended.

Equipment

No special equipment recommended

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