Lesleen M Shipwreck - St. Lucia
To begin with, the ‘Lesleen M’ wreck, which was sunk in a shallow sandy bay, north of the Pitons in 1985, to create an artificial reef is a popular
and well-known wreck. Sitting evenly on her keel, 165 feet long and at a maximum depth of 60 feet with the Pilothouse
accessible at 40 feet, she
has a wide-open accessible cargo hold which leads into the engine room. From here a ladder stairwell heads up onto the main deck cabins that are inter-
connected and situated below the Pilothouse. Marine life has taken over the wreck and it is encrusted with thousands of colorful anemones and provides a
home to turtles, lobsters, eels, octopus, neon-blue clawed spider crabs, nudibranchs, coral-banded shrimp and schools of small tropicals. Don’t touch
anything because a carpet of feathery fire coral polyps adorns the entire wreck and can give you an unpleasant itchy burning sting. Visibility can range
depending on conditions from an unusual 20 feet to a common 100 feet. Additionally, unexpected currents can pick up in the bay so using the
mooring lines for ascents and descents and safety stops is essential just in case.
We were told that this drawing was not to scale ;0)
Barry suiting up.
My plunge into the water.
A picture of me taking a picture of a jawfish. You can see him just sticking his head up out of the hole.
My picture of the jawfish.
The bow of the Les Leen M.
Swimming into the cargo hold.
One of many eels we saw.
Rigging from the ship laying in the hold.
Cool transparent shrimp. You can see it's internal organs.
Morey eel with cleaner shrimp in the foreground.
Stairway inside the engine room.
They call it brain coral for a reason.
The winch on the bow is where we made our ascent and safety stop.