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The RMS Athens struck Mouille Point, South Africa during the 1865 famous gale.

Name Dive Site:RMS Athens
Depth: 3-8m (9-26ft)
Visibility: 3-10m (9-32ft)
Accessibility: Shore
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The RMS Athens is one of the ships that wrecked during the great hurricane in Table Bay, South Africa on May 17, 1865. Owned by Union Steamship Co., this iron steamship was shipping mail to Mauritius on that tragic day. She got caught up in the hurricane and started to drift until she finally struck Mouille Points and lost all thirty crew members. Today, you can still see its engine block sticking out of the water 75 meters offshore and if you search the ocean floor you will probably find some bottles. Remains of another wreck named the Piscataqua have been dropped on top of the Athens which makes her a very interesting wreck dive.

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