This Sunday we will introduce you one of the most interesting dive locations in Dalmatia. Totonno is often on the lists of five best diving locations in Croatia. Many divers are coming to our center especially because of Totonno. Read this article to find out what is so interesting about Totonno.
Type: cargo steamer
Built: 1899 Rijkee, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dimensions: L 60.7 meters, W 10 meters, 729 t
Sunk: 15th February 1943
Cause: strayed into a minefield
Minimum depth / maximum depth: 25 meters / 51 meters
At the very end of 19th century in the Dutch shipyard Rijkee in Rotterdam, a new cargo steamship the Curacao of 729 tonnes was handed over to its customer, postal company. At the end of First World War in 1918, it was sold to Italian company B. Albanese and 12 year after to another Italian company M. Bottiglieri and gained a new name, the Totonno.
At the beginning of the Second World War the ship was requisitioned for the needs of the Italian Navy as s transportation ship. Under military command it sailed until 15th February 1943, when on its way from Italy loaded with various war materials it sailed into Gruž harbor. However during the approach to Gruž harbor, the ship mistakenly sailed too close to the rocks of Grebeni and suddenly came across a mine in an Italian minefield. The mine’s explosion severely damaged the ship at the level of the forward cargo hold, creating a large hole. The Totonno was sinking fast and bow disappeared underwater in just few minutes. The ship sank transversally in respect of the underwater step, so that the bow leant on the shallows and the stern on the deeper part of the underwater ledge. When the stern part of the ship finally hit the bottom at a depth of 50 meters, the ship’s hull snapped at a spot just in front of superstructure, since the construction of the hull was not strong enough to endure the strain with the support being only on the bow and stern.
What are most valuable things to see on Totonno?
There are two tractors, small agricultural one that is overturned and the steel wheels are turned towards the surface. Some twenty meters to the left of the stern, there stands another tractor in a position as it is ready to be driven. This tractor is an interesting example of interwar agricultural engineering. It is completely overgrown with sponges of a gentle pink color. The wreck of the steamship Totonno is the most beautiful wreck in this region that captivates with its diversity and richness of life, and should undoubtedly be recommended for a visit.