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Mary Celestia, Bermuda

Divers are spoilt for choice in Bermuda as the island has more shipwrecks per square mile than anywhere else in the world. However, if you are limited for time the Mary Celestia is a must.

The side paddlewheel steamer was used by the Confederate Army during the American Civil War as a blockade runner while smuggling guns, ammunition and supplies to the troops. She is believed to have made at least five successful trips to the south before she sunk in 1864 while being piloted by local Bermudian John Virgin.

The ship hit headlines again in June 2011 when a group of international marine archeologists discovered five bottles of fine wine — 147 years after she first sunk. One of the bottles were uncorked in March last year but unfortunately was reported to taste primarily of seawater.

Mary Celestia lies in approximately 17 metres of water and as well as searching for old bottles of wine there is plenty to see with artifacts such as the boilers, anchor and part of the bow clearly visible.

If you want to dive the Mary Celestia don’t miss our guide to six days exploring the best of Bermuda.

Picture courtesy of LookBermuda/Flickr

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