Italian steam cargo ship west of Pula

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Data & Description

Contributed by:
Martin Sebald

Description dive spot:
On her last trip, the Varese was on its way from Venice to Tunis.
When trying to get into Pula due to a heavy storm, the ship got into a minefield and ran on a sea mine. The Varese quickly sank to the muddy bottom of the sea at a depth of about 41 meters. The bow is broken off and is near the main part.
Well preserved is the iron hull, which shelters numerous fish. From the outside, the hull is overgrown with numerous moss animals, sponges and cave animals. The Varese has become a real reef. Often you also can meet congers and big scorpionfish, also lobster should be here.
The visibility on the wreck is often bad, also due to the often encountered strong current, you only see a few meters.

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Local dive center:
Diving Center Petra

Boat trip:
~45 minutes from Rovinj

west of Pula


Type of vessel:
Steam cargo ship

experienced diver


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Port of registry:

Maximum depth:
41 meters

Last cargo:

~65 meters

9 meters


Januar 18th 1915

Reason sunk:
ran into a sea mine

Minimum depth:
32 meters



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