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L'Espingole

Diving site, Wreck in La Croix-Valmer

  • The Espingole located in the bay of Cavalaire, near Togo is a Destroyer of the year 1900. Although not being visible any more, the load of 47 and 65 mm grenades is still in it.

  • There are some specimens buried under the sand of the bow. But be careful : these grenades never were neutralized.

    ITS HISTORY
    Built in 1900, it participates in several expeditions like in Turkey, in Rochefort and Toulon. On February 4th 1903 by making an operation, it hits the rock of Taillat which is near the surface and runs aground. After its unballasting and a towing towards Cavalaire the Espingole sinks. It has unsuccessfully tried to refloat it by sliding a chain under the...
    There are some specimens buried under the sand of the bow. But be careful : these grenades never were neutralized.

    ITS HISTORY
    Built in 1900, it participates in several expeditions like in Turkey, in Rochefort and Toulon. On February 4th 1903 by making an operation, it hits the rock of Taillat which is near the surface and runs aground. After its unballasting and a towing towards Cavalaire the Espingole sinks. It has unsuccessfully tried to refloat it by sliding a chain under the hull.

    THE FLORA AND FAUNA
    The wreck, although situated near the Togo one's, is not colonized by gorgonians. . The fauna is plentiful : you can observe groupers, "dentis", shoal of apogons, congers. You can also find there shellfish as spiny lobsters, "galathées" or lobsters.

    WE LOVE:
    - The multicolored sponges
    - The shellfishes

    THE TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS:
    - Type of dive: wreck
    - Location: at approximately 400m from the Andreti's cape in the bay of Cavalaire
    - Depth: between 34m and 39m
    - Level of difficulty: means
    - Dive: from the 3rd level
    - Remarks: you can easily and without risk penetrate into the various parts of the wreck.
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