28m

SS Excellent

One of Gibraltars most popular dive sites, the SS Excellent was a thousand ton steamer constructed by The Short Brothers of Sunderland in 1880.  She was en route to the USA carrying a cargo of fruit. While anchored in Gibraltar Bay, strong currents caused her to collide with two other vessels. Despite efforts from rescue crews she sank early the next morning, fortunately all crew were saved. All fruit on board however was tragically lost to the sea.

The SS Excellent is 80 meters long and 11 meters wide. Situated 50 meters off of the detached mole,  she rests on the seabed in 28 meters of water. Great for wreck penetration dives.

 

What can be found on the site:

  • Octopus

  • Cuttlefish

  • Conger and moray eels

  • Nudibranchs

  • Spider crabs and common lobster

  • Wide range of fish species

  • Great photo opportunities

 

This dive site is only accessible by boat and due to the depth is suitable for advanced certified divers and above. 

 

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