If you’re an experienced diver, prepare to enter a time-machine of a wreck. This British naval submarine remains virtually undamaged.
On December 6, 1941, the submarine Perseus, while floating on the sea surface off Cephalonia’s Katelios area, hit an Italian mine. The incident took the lives of 60 crew members. Until this wreck was discovered, nobody believed the accounts provided by English stoker John Capes, the tragedy’s sole survivor who managed to escape the sunken submarine. One of the first things experienced divers will see after having descended 38 meters is the submarine’s periscope bases. The wreck’s maximum depth reaches 52 meters. Divers who get this far will see the bow and torpedoes. The propellers and controls have been preserved exactly as they were in 1941. The steering wheel is turned to the right, the compasses indicate a course of 107 degrees, and the canon is still attached in front of the turret.
“I had spent almost one month looking for it and found it on my last dive, in 1997. It’s impressive, almost in its original condition,” remarked Thoktaridis, the professional diver and explorer of naval history, who conducted extensive historical and marine research in order to locate this submarine.
Tip :The engine is set in a gear to run ahead at semi speed and the steering wheel is turned to the right, indicating that an effort was made to avoid hitting the mine. A two-meter crater may be seen at the bow.