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Between the wrecks Chrisoula K. and Ghiannis D. lays the Carnatic. She hit the reef in 1869, broke up and sank the following day as the weather worsened. She was a passenger and mail ship for the P&O Company and the story goes that eight thousand of her forty thousand sterling bullion remains not recovered. Her sister ship, the Pera Alma, met a similar fate and lies on the reef of Mushajirah in Yemen.
The Carnatic lies very close to the reef in an exposed position. She must be dived by zodiac in all but exceptional conditions due to large swells breaking on the reef behind. It is best to buoy the bow section at around 15m; here the divers may make their descent and ascent. Take care on this wreck, weather conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly.
The Carnatic lies at a forty-five degree angle to the reef on a gravel seabed, between 20m and 30m. She has broken up midship, leaving her bow and stern intact. The decking has fallen away to be replaced by a thick growth of Tube Sponges, Alcyonarians and occasional Table Corals, making her very photogenic. She is also laid open to light from above and is easily penetrated.
Large Potato Cod frequent the wreck, alongside Octopus and Morays. Overhead, Jackfish and Tuna cruise by.