|Funnel of the Bianca C, the island of Grenada|
For nearly 50 years, the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean,’ the Bianca C, has rested on the ocean floor in Grenada’s coastal waters. October 24th, 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of the sinking of this massive ship.
This once majestic cruise liner is iconic amongst the diving community and is considered one of the top 10 wreck sites in the world. At 600ft, the Bianca C remains the largest and most impressive shipwreck in the Caribbean.
“October 24th will mark 50 years on Grenada’s ocean floor,” said director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism, Simon Stiell. “When the Bianca C sank in 1961, our community rallied together to assist in rescue efforts. This year we’ll be paying tribute to those who helped get the crew and passengers to safety.”
A number of events will take place in Grenada to commemorate the sinking. The community will be given the opportunity to view treasures retrieved from the Bianca C, along with photos and stories of those who assisted in the rescue efforts 50 years ago.
One of the top dive destinations in the Caribbean, Grenada is home to the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park, found at Molinere Bay. Originally designed by Jason deCaires Taylor, divers and snorkelers can float amongst dozens of beautiful sculptures that have helped regenerate marine life in the area. In honour of the Bianca C, a replica of the ‘Christ of the Deep’ statue will be placed amongst those at the Underwater Sculpture Park. Costa Line gave the statue as a gift to the Government and people of Grenada in recognition of all that was done to rescue and host passengers and crew.
A commemorative plaque will be placed on the Bianca C and another on the ‘Christ of the Deep’ statue. Locals and visitors alike can gather on Grand Anse Beach for a picnic to take part in this historic event. For avid divers and those simply interested in Grenada’s culture and history, this is an event not to be missed.
Posted on Monday, 19th September, 2011