The Windjammer

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Mairi Bahn, also known as the Windjammer.

The Mari Bahn, which is Gaelic for Bonny Mary, was known for years as the Deep Schooner, or the Wind Jammer wreck. This three masted iron bark, owned by Fratelli Denegri and G.B. Mortola, was built in 1874 by Barclay, Curle and Company, Glasgow, Scotland. She was schooner rigged on the mizzen mast, fore and aft, and square rigged on the others. She was 239 feet long, had a 37 foot beam, and weighed 1,378 gross tons. At the time of her demise, she was sailing under the command of Captain L. Razeto from Trinidad to Marseille with a cargo of asphalt. The date of her sinking was December 7, 1912.
Charlie Guttilla and partners near the Wind Jammer’s bowsprit. Photo courtesy Jozef Koppelman
According to photojournalist Cathy Cush, she is sunk in 200 feet of water off the northwest coast of the island, just off the old oil terminal. The wreck is too deep for sport divers to explore but is visited on occasion by experienced professional divers. Photographer Chip Cooper says that her foremast rests in 35 feet of water and points the way towards her deeper hull. She lies on her starboard side with the top of her port side in 160 feet. Her main mast and crows nest extend down to 220 feet.

The Mairi Bahn, which is Gaelic for Bonny Mary, was known for years as the Deep Schooner, or the Wind Jammer wreck. This three masted iron bark, owned by Fratelli Denegri and G.B. Mortola, was built in 1874 by Barclay, Curle and Company, Glasgow, Scotland. She was schooner rigged on the mizzen mast, fore and aft, and square rigged on the others. She was 239 feet long, had a 37 foot beam, and weighed 1,378 gross tons. At the time of her demise, she was sailing under the command of Captain L. Razeto from Trinidad to Marseille with a cargo of asphalt. The date of her sinking was December 7, 1912.

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The Windjammer is sunk in 200 feet of water off the northwest coast of the island, just off the old oil terminal. The wreck is too deep for sport divers to explore but is visited on occasion by experienced professional divers. Her foremast rests in 35 feet of water and points the way towards her deeper hull. She lies on her starboard side with the top of her port side in 160 feet. Her main mast and crows nest extend down to 220 feet.

For diving the Windjammer, we need  a special permit. We cannot guarantee the dive. All depends of the Bopec.

Requirements for technical divers as TDI, PADI Tec Rec, SSI TechXR, IANTD:

·         Copy and scan of your passport.

·         Scan of your tec certifications.

·         Full name and address.

Requirements for Cmas, NOB, divers from other organizations with experience in deco dives etc:

·         Copy and scan of your passport.

·         Minimum level 3*

·         Scan of your certifications.

·         A minimum of 150 dives.

·         Before the Windjammer dive a check dive with doubles and a stage tank for the required gas switch.

We send in a request. If we have a green light, we still cannot dive the Windjammer. 2 hours prior to  the dive I have to contact the Bopec. Then we get our final ok (or not).