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Bettolina

The wreck is almost intact, lying in the navigation position at a depth of about 27 meters, while the maximum depth is - 31m (under the bow). A structure in the form of spoked wheels, placed between the two holds, home to the swinging support which supported the anti-aircraft machine gun, unfortunately no longer visible as stolen in the 60s. Today we are still here and the only ammunition scattered all around. Another structure, for the support of the second machine gun stands on the quarterdeck, where the wreck reaches the minimum of the dive - 24m. The bow is intact and on the port side you can see a big flaw that most likely caused the sinking of the hull. On the bow there are still tops ready for anchoring, mooring bollards.designed, and a companion. The hull then shows the large cargo holds today in the open, but probably once covered with wooden planks. In dozens of cases, hardened by time and salt water: what remains is all.

Towards the stern encounter confined spaces: the engine room and the kitchen still full of their tools and utensils. A saucepan on the fire still makes a show of himself by telling the story of the last moments on board before sinking. In the charcoal pieces of coal, to feed the fire of the stove lie stacked on the bottom. And yet what remains of the rudder for the ship condurrre: the hub. On the right side of the stern in his eye Hawse, there is still an anchor, typical of fluvial transport. The propeller and rudder triplata iron rest on the muddy bottom and are perfectly visible, and the rudder still has the capacity not to sway from side to side seems ready to turn even after almost 70 years! ladder was a time completely covered with bright jewel anemones (Corynactis Viridis) of a fuchsia colored incredible, but even here, because of the usual clumsy underwater, in the time they had visibly thinned almost to disappear. However recently I have seen that the colony has recovered well and is back to expand on structures. We hope that this is a good omen for the future of the colony itself, so that it can continue to inhabit the barge, and while we're at, I would advise you to avoid contact with these delicate animals. Forward there is a huge colony of worms looks great if like huge flowers expanding in the current. How about all the wrecks, the life that this ship hosts, is typical of burrowing animals such as conger eels, moray eels, octopus, lobsters. In addition to the inevitable scorpion resting on structures, you can also find starfish, anemones, nudibranchs and various concretions. The migratory fish, such as shoals of anchovies, mackerel, snapper, amberjack fish and moon, you can see the scan of the seasons, and especially when the water is clear, which is rare here unfortunately, but not impossible.


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