Wreck of the Inganess
136-foot island freighter Inganess Bay was sunk by
the BVI Dive Operators Association in August of 1996
creating an interesting new wreck dive. The ship rests
just south of Cooper Island flat on its bottom in 95
feet of water, with 45 feet of water over each masthead.
The steel Inganess Bay was built
in Holland in 1950 for a Scottish company. In 1988,
Captain Hugh Bailey of Antigua sold the ship to Captain
Cosmos Sealey. From 1988 to 1996, the colorful red
ship plied Caribbean trade routes from Puerto Rico
To prepare the Inganess Bay for
its one-way trip to the bottom, workers emptied fuel
tanks and then removed the main engine, all loose wood,
and most doors. Today the wreck teems with a huge variety
of fish and invertebrate life.
you break the surface you can see the eerie structure.
Lizardfish wait silently
for new divers. Schools of snappers and grunts hover
motionless about the broken midsection. Many of the
walls of the wreck are encrusted with corals and colorful
sponges while sections of windows still hold their
site provides protection from swells and wind-driven
seas, but even on the calmest days, you can hear the
eerie creaking of the bow as the surge moves it back
and forth every so slightly.
Divers can easily penetrate
the various rooms and hallways within this structure.
An easy dive for all, this wreck will prove to be
a popular attraction in coming years as the ocean
Text extracted from Diving
British Virgin Islands
Photo © Bonnie