In the foothills southwest of the Llosa de Palamos. on a corridor of sand located about 31 m deep. are the remains of Boreas. It was a tug of height of the German Navy during World War II. 40 m long. whose original name was PelIworm. At the end of the military conflict became a civilian and was in 1980 when. Panama flag. was given the present name Boreas.Middle Level
After various vicissitudes and uncertain sailings ended up being detained by authorities for drug trafficking and remained moored in a total state of abandonment for three years at the port of Palamos. The owners of the Nautilus Dive Center of Palamos and diving center of the campsite La Coma realized what that might mean to encourage the practice of sport diving in the area. and initiated the steps necessary to sink the hull of the old tugboat in an accessible place for divers who did not become a hazard to navigation or fishing.
After buying the ship and request the necessary approvals. it was further decontamination (removing oil and fuel) and preparing the ship for its sinking: for months partly scrapped the engine room bulkheads and piping were removed dangerous for future divers and. finally. cut the sticks. whose height was a hazard to navigation. On 23 January 1989 the ship sank in the area where the Llosa de Palamos falls sharply to 20 m where the sand begins.
The Boreas helmet rests slightly heeled the port side and the helix points directly towards the open sea. The bow is located about 26 m. the potato at about 32 m and the bridge of the ship about 15 MPOC months after its sinking. the wreck and was covered with algae and invertebrates. the engine room and many holes had been colonized by AIDS eels and swarmed around the hull lot of fish. such as castanets. bream or bass. It has long helix Boreas stopped working. but it is now possible to contemplate a 32 m deep.
The Boreas lies on a sandy bottom surrounded by outcrops of limestone rocks covered with algae. Where the hull rests on the bottom gaps are formed. larger the more the stern. which usually have scorpion and of Santiago. lately is the presence of a normal large lobster. Around town there are numerous drainage holes. often colonized by eels it is not unusual that most of these cavities are occupied. On the railing of the roof was observed formations bryozoans and tube worms.
Just behind the bridge is opened the engine room. free of obstacles (pipes. taps) dangerous for divers. Is essential to explore the use of a bulb or a flashlight. Within the engine room (and in their holes) there is a specific fauna. consisting mainly of fish typical of caves or areas.
Over time. many moray eels and filled every corner of Boreas.
Leaving the engine room. and attached to the bridge. with the chimney lying due to winter storms. in their holes also live eels or eels.
The bridge is clear of any obstacle is dangerous and a large room that connects to deck the halls. Upstairs is a sort of terrace. whose railing is the place that connects the vessel with the surface buoy. This platform is a good place to meet with peers. both to start the dive and prepare for the ascent and decompression.
The funds surrounding the Boreas are interesting. as is known in Llosa de Palamos. One possibility is to go directly to the Llosa. heading north-east: in this case. it first passes through a plain of calcareous algae-covered rocks and numerous caves that are worth exploring. In this area there are many white coral and nudibranchs. scorpion fish are also common and large wrasses. Gradually. the underwater profile is rising. but nobody should get away from the starting point to avoid long decompression.
Another possible route is reserved for divers with some experience part due south from the propeller. ie the open sea. Following this direction soon reach 36 m in front of a small rise from the bottom. In these rocks. full of holes and cavities. abundant lobsters. scorpion fish and coral red. Please note that should be monitored while the immersion time and the way back. because soon you enter decompression.
You have to descend the buoy after joining the ship to reach the bridge. about 15 0 17 m. Here it is worth to take a look around and see schools of fish that often surround the town. highlighting the oarsmen. the castanets. the three queues. bream and oblada often closely monitored by two or three bass of considerable size. Without wasting too much time down to the sandy bottom where the ship rests and starts a lap around the town to see any holes with the torch. as they often are eels.
Contemplating the bulk of the stern from the bottom is stunning. large-helix lies stranded on the sand. right at the boundary between it and the helmet. and usually by the stern. there is usually some good-sized lobster. however. the depth is about 33 m. so it is better not to entertain and work up. It stands for any visiting side of the ship below the deck and then the engine room.
It is common to see large nudibranchs (Hypselodoris) on the cover. and bryozoans formations embedded in Handrails. besides all kinds of fish in any corner of the boat. and even the occasional octopus. Already in the engine room. and a good focus or lantern. its worth exploring every corner. because in this living room some large eels.
Once inside should be careful with the fins. as there is enough sediment. and if visibility is barely stirring. Also worth studying the holes in the chimney. which is lying down. looking for some catfish or brunette. Finally. we must go on deck to start the climb. often accompanied by a small decompression.
To enjoy the Boreas. should visit in small groups controlling for time and consumption.
In the days of clear water is worth a bit of Boreas off and. from a distance. watch its unmistakable silhouette against the vast blue.
While the Boreas is a wreck that has been stripped all structures that might pose a danger to divers. we must be careful with the hoses and other parts of equipment that may be hooked.
As always dives are conducted outside the security curve. it should be well controlled to avoid long decompression time. If the visit is planned to avoid entering decompression. will hardly use problems. as the tour lasts just over half an hour. It is preferable to avoid the days and hours of peak traffic. which often coincides here for over a diving center at the same time. with the consequent overcrowding.
To get away from the ship is a need for compass and guide wire as it is easy to become disoriented. Being a busy area. for being near a port. to avoid surface exits away from the boat itself. If you dive from a boat itself and tied to the buoy marking the wreck. you should leave a person on board. not just as a security measure. but also to facilitate the work of any other boat you want to moor at the buoy.