Diving Nassau, Bahamas: The BBC Wreck

Bahamas BBC Wreck

In September of 2007, the BBC, with assistance from Stuart Cove's, purchased and scuttled an old tugboat to study the colonization of artificial reefs for their series "Life." A contest was held to name the boat, and the winners (a couple from Arizona) won a chance to dive on the newly-sunk wreck, which they dubbed "The Blue Plunder." Around Stuart Cove's, though, it's just called "The BBC Wreck."

As you can see, it's pretty small, and 4.5 years after sinking, doesn't have a whole lot living on it yet.

The view from inside the wheelhouse:

BBC Wreck wheelhouse


Here's a video on YouTube with a slideshow and some video footage about the sinking. The first two or so minutes are the best part; after that, it's basically just footage of BBC divers filming the wreck.


Please check out my entire Nassau underwater photo gallery here.

4 Responses to “Diving Nassau, Bahamas: The BBC Wreck”

  1. Kent Weakley says:

    Wow Ashley, I’m impressed with your underwater images. How long have you been shooting underwater and what gear are you shooting with?

    · February 24, 2012 @ 4:38 pm


    • Ashley says:

      Thank you Kent! I’ve been shooting underwater for about three years. It’s actually what got me interested in topside photography! I’m currently using a Canon s95 in a housing with a couple of Sea & Sea strobes. Someday it’ll be the 7D!

      · February 24, 2012 @ 5:13 pm


  2. David says:

    Nice photo. I was actually the guy who was working for the BBC to find it and sink it. Didn’t feel small when we craned it in. :) The You tube video I mixed together from some stuff I took on my Fuji F100 – not that professional.

    Good to see it again.

    · October 30, 2013 @ 8:20 am


    • Ashley Hauck says:

      Thanks for your comment, David! That is so cool that you were involved in the sinking! Of course small is a relative term… haha!

      · October 30, 2013 @ 8:25 pm


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