Bianca C

Grenada,Caribbean

She is often called the Titanic of the Caribbean, and was one of the big cruise liners from the Italian Costa Line company who operated in the Caribbean in the 1950 and 1960s. 22.October 1961 she was on a journey from Naples to Venezuela with nearly 400 passengers and a crew of 200 men. She had stopped outside St. George on Grenada on her voyage when in the morning an explosion occurred in the engine room . Two crew members were killed in the explosion, and shortly after the whole ship was on fire. Bianca C laid engulfed in fire for several days before she disappeared in the deep outside the harbor of St. George. The remains of her rest today on a depth of 30 to 50 meter.


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Bianca C
La Marechal Petain, La Marseilles, Arosa Sky 181,0 x 23,2 m
     
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18427 grt
La Ciotat ( F ) 1944 Genoa ( I )



Pictures: Bianca C and company poster
Courtesy of Naviearmatori
Underwater Video
"She has been sitting on the seabed a mile off Grand Anse beach since 22 October 1961. That quiet Sunday morning, the peace of St George's was shattered by the repeated and urgent sounding of a ship's siren. It came from the 600ft passenger vessel lying at anchor in the harbour. The ship was the Bianca C, and her distress was caused by a massive explosion, presumably in the main boilers, had wrecked the engine room, killing two crewmen before setting the whole vessel on fire. Not only that, but 600 people found themselves stranded unexpectedly and without their possessions. It was the generous locals who took them into their homes until they could be repatriated. Today you can see a statue with a plaque on the quay, donated by the Costa shipping line as a permanent thank you to the people of Grenada. The vessel burnt fiercely for several days. The paint on her massive hull bubbled and flaked, and the water around her began to boil. The port authorities became anxious that she would sink and become an unsurmountable obstruction in the harbour. Visiting British warship HMS Londonderry took the stricken vessel in tow. Her anchor chains were severed with explosives and she was dragged out into open water, but by this time the Bianca C was taking on water and had become exceedingly heavy. The tow parted and, issuing violent columns of steam, what was left of the magnificent liner slipped away into 50m of water"

Last updated: April 2018