One of the most iconic wrecks in the Bay of Marseille, this 300-foot Moroccan cargo boat was carrying a load of oranges when it sank in February 1970 after striking Planier Island’s rocky reefs. Lying on its port side, Chaouen’s bow is at 15 feet and the propellers are on the sandy bottom at 90 feet. The stern, props and mast — which are still intact — are entirely covered in red gorgonians ( Paramuricea clavata), which are typical to the Mediterranean Sea. Only 100 feet away from the Chaouen lies a Messerschmitt Bf 109, a relic from WWII.
FRANCE, MEDITERRANEAN SEA
LOCATION Le Chaouen, Bay of Marseille
PHOTOGRAPHER Damien Mauric
Fifteen years after hitting a shoal, portions of Le Chaouen were still above water. Storms eventually resulted in the ship submerging entirely.
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