Largest diveable liner [Recreational depth]
Last updated: October 8, 2018 at 20:48 pm
The Soviet ocean liner and cruise ship Mikhail Lermontov lies on its starboard side at depths ranging from 12 m (40 ft) to 38 m (125 ft) in the Marlborough Sounds New Zealand. The 155 m (578 ft) ship (20,027 tons) ran aground near Port Gore on February 16, 1986, with the loss of one crew member whose body was never found. The shipwreck is now popular with scuba divers departing from Picton and Kaikoura. The Mikhail Lermontov is still largely intact albeit many of her fittings and contents have been salvaged by divers. Three divers have died while exploring the wreck, one of whom was not recovered.
Go Dive Marlborough. Wreck Diving in the Marlborough Sounds New Zealand.
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