HMCS Columbia

Our largest wreck, HMCS Columbia is a decommissioned Original Non-Modified Restigouche Class Destroyer Escort that was sunk after more than a year of preparations, on June 22, 1996.

This spectacular 366-foot vessel sits at a 35° list to port with the bow at a maximum depth of 120 feet. The superstructure and wheelhouse reach approximately 60 feet. This allows dive profiles to match your skill and comfort level.

Now over five years later, it is well on its way to becoming a thriving artificial reef. Due to the rock bottom the bow of the 2800 tonne ship crumpled like an accordion when it hit the bottom. Many access holes have been cut to open up most of the interior's six decks to properly trained and equipped wreck divers. Due to shifting debris within the ship we do not recommend penetration. Although the interior may be brightly lit, with lots of ambient light when you first arrive, sediment and silt will be lifting and reducing the visibility around you to zero. This is just one of many mistakes that can be made around wrecks by novice and experienced divers alike. Please respect this warning.

This will definitely be one of the largest and most intact vessels you will ever see under water! Unlike our other sites it is sheltered from the main current flow to allow dives at any time of day.


HMCS Columbia

 

HMCS Columbia

 

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