The shipwreck “Marianna” is one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in Greece that over the years has become an artificial reef continuum of nature and has thus been transformed into an important core of underwater life offering the opportunity for an unforgettable dive.
The 91-meter-long, 15-meter-wide cargo ship was built in Dutch shipyards, bought in 1961 in 1980 by Greek shipowners and renamed Marianna.
On July 24, 1981, sailed from Red Sea to Piraeus. “Marianna” loaded with 41,000 bags barley, water supply pipes, pesticides and stainless metal sheets., the ship collided with a reef, called Amaras, between Paros and Naxos. The ship Marianna remained half submerged with the bow out of the water. The 24 crew members were rescued as the ship was initially shaken and was slowly sinking with a large part of it being above the surface. Seamen were rescued by another ship, “Panagia Mirtidiotissa”, which sailed in the point of shipwreck. Everybody rescued and got off with safety at Saint Anna’s port in Naxos Island.
It remained in this state for about a year. Until it was decided to complete his sinking with a controlled burst of the bow for the safety of navigation. The ship was cut off and sat partially on the sandy bottom at a depth of 23 meters. Due to the small inclination of the shipwreck, the ship stands almost upright, ready to tour around it and inside.
The forward piece of boat lied in depth 24m and it has been changed to a… artificial reef in which enough species of fishes find shelter.
Ship wreck «Marianna»
Depth at the bottom: 0-24m
Level of diver training: Open Water +20 dives
Diving type: Wreck
Diving period: Whole year
Visibility max: 20m
Water temperature: 14-26°C
Available from: Boat
Currents: Not strong