St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and diving Buck Island

St. Thomas‘s Buck Island has a very popular dive site. Caribbean guest have a novice snorkeling opportunity to dive the shipwreck of a freighter, the Cartanser Senior.

The wreck is located in a well-protected cove of Buck Island. It was a 190 foot freighter used to transport goods during World War II. At the conclusion of World War II, Cartanser Senior was repurposed to transport agricultural goods from South America and throughout the Caribbean Islands.

The freighter was scuttled in the 70s surrounded by vast legends of the ships crew hiding illicit cargo.

The owner of a local dive shop in St. Thomas lead a campaign to have the wreck repurposed as an attraction for diving. Bill Letts, the dive shop owner, raised the funds to have a barge move the Cartanza into Shipwreck Cove of Bucks Island.

CaribbeanDays can book your stay at a luxury villa so our guests can dive this location and see the concrete plaque that is embedded at the site of the shipwreck, Cartanser Senior, in honor of Bill Letts’ efforts to preserve the freighter. The freighter is now home to a variety of fish and marine life, including sergeant majors, reef squid, parrotfish, turtles, stingrays, brittle stars and assorted corals and sponges.



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