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Come dive on the Wreck of the Rocus with us.
Wreck of the Rocus
history of the rocus
The boat is 380 steel feet long, or it was at one time before it was a wreck! This was a Greek freighter that was on its way from Trinidad to Baltimore with a load of cattle bones to be made into fertilizer. The year was 1929. I prefer my romantic version that they were going to the factory to be made into glue or buttons though! Apparently they tried to get it back off the reef afterwards, but another storm came, and it became impossible.
diving the rocus
This wreck can only be dove when it is FLAT calm out. It goes from the boilers which are in only a few feet of water down to about 40 feet.The wreck lies on its starboard side, with the stern being in 40 feet of water. I understand that until 1979 the bow of the Rocus projected 12 feet out of the water and was used as a navigational marker. In 1979 hurricane Frederick took away that marker. You cannot anchor a large boat on the site, and it is best to anchor away from the wreck and then take your tender to the site, keeping someone on top in the tender for support.
features of the rocus
The wreck is largely broken up, but you can still make out the boilers, which are very shallow, winches and anchors and chain. You will see millions of cow bones scattered around which are quite eery. At 40 feet you can get a good view of the rounded stern, deck railings, davit's and superstructure. The prop was removed by divers back in the early 70's.
The Rocus does not have the fish life that some of the other wrecks do. It does have lots of large barracuda, ocean triggerfish, nurse sharks and durgon. There also is a lot of Elkhorn coral on the surrounding reef, in various states of health.