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Diving at shipwreck Umbria
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The Umbria or Bahia Blanca was a ship made in 1911 in Hamburg, Germany. The Italians gave her the name Umbria in 1935 when they bought it for transporting ammunition. 1935 was the time that a big war was about to start and their cargo was no secret. The English navy caught up with them just before the coast of Sudan and when they boarded the ship, the captain and crew got the message to scuttle the ship. All people got off safely and what remains is a nice shipwreck located at wingate reef with a nice historic background.
The depth of the Umbria is 36 meters at max, which is not very deep for most shipwrecks. Even snorkelers can explore the upper parts of the ship. Light and visibility is good in these shallow waters which is one of the reasons that most parts can be explored and entered safely. It's a big ship at 150 meters of length and some of the interesting cargo includes over 350.000 bombs. Wreck divers will love the many corridors and stairs, while fish and coral lovers will have a very good dive by taking a look at the exterior. Many parts are covered in brilliant hard and soft coral. Nudibranches, shrimp and other small fish will be seen as well.
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