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Boreas



Southwest of the rock Llosa Palamos (near the city carrying the same name), on a sandy bottom at about 31 meters deep, lay the remains of Boreas. It was a German Navy tug during World War II, 40 meters long, with the original name Pellworm. At the end of the war she was used for civilian purposes and in 1980, sailed under Panamanian flag and under its current name: Boreas

Destination unknown
After several dubious journeys, the tug was detained by the authorities for drug trafficking and was moored in the port of Palamos. She stayed here for three years in a state of total abandonment. Then plans were drawn up that indicated that the tug could serve a purpose for recreational diving in the area and the necessary steps were taken to sink the old tug and turn it into a place that is accessible to divers and poses no threats to shipping and fishing.

Perfect preservation
After buying the ship and application for the necessary permits, the boat was sanitised and prepared to sink: in just a few months the engine was dismantled and screens and pipelines that could endanger future divers where removed. On January 23, 1989, the ship was sunk in the area where the sand begins and where the rock of Palamos Llosa drops to 20 meters.

To be able dive on the Boreas it is essential that you approach her by boat. All diving centers in the area make regular trips to the wreck. To find it you should look at the distinctive rock Llosa Palamos; from there you proceed about 200 m to the southwest where a buoy marks the wreck. When the water is clear, you can already distinguish its silhouette from the surface.

The seabed 
Boreas leans on the port propeller and pointing directly toward the open sea. The bow is located about 26 meters deep, the stern at about 32 meters and the bridge of the ship at 15 meters.

A few months after the sinking, the wreck was already covered with algae and invertebrates; the engine room and many holes were colonized by eels and a few large lobsters. On the railings formations of Bryozoans and Penn Shaft or Tubularia were observed.


Description: Underwater Guide Andreu Llamas