On September 6th, 1864 the Mary Celestia struck a reef just off Bermuda's South Shore and sank just off shore from the site that used to be the Sonesta Hotel, the large curved building clearly shown in the map below.
The site is very popular with SCUBA divers, with the wreck sitting at 55 feet and the ships paddlewheels, anchor and bow still very visible above the sand.
This wreck is buoyed under the Bermuda Dive Sites programme, established by the Marine Environment Committee of the Bermuda National Trust, in association with the Ministry of Environment.
It is protected with a 300 meter no fishing limitation aroudn the mooring buoy.
For extensive coverage of the recent excavation of wine from this wreck and other details about the history of the Mary Celestial please see LookBermuda's Mary Celestia Project site.
Also, find links to local articles related to the Mary Celestia via our Daily Wrecked blog.
Archaeology Magazine November/December 2011 cover featuring the Mary Celestia. Click the image to read the article