Name: Arabia - barque
Rating: Highly advanced - Deep and cold water experience necessary.
Built: 1853 Length: 131 ft (40 m)
Sunk: 1884 - took on water and sank in heavy seas
Depth: 105 ft (32 m)
The Arabia has a definite and long standing connection to Tobermory. In 1854, she sailed to Glasgow, Scotland with a cargo of wheat and flour. She remained in the coastal trade on the northwest cost of Great Britain for a year or so. During that time, Tobermory, Scotland (on the isle of Mull) was one of her ports of call. After returning to Canada, she ran aground near Flowerpot Island in 1883. She was refloated, repaired and continued her service. The following year, she met her ultimate fate near Echo Island as she floundered and sank. Currently, the hull is intact with the exception of the back 100' of the deck and the transom which have collapsed. The bow is very impressive with the jib-boom still in place (the jib-boom is often mistakenly called the bow-sprit). The windlass, bilge pump and 3 anchors are still in place on the bow. Deadeyes, pulleys and pinrails are still present on the sides. The masts have fallen but lay across the deck. The afterdeck has broken away and lies to the port of the stern. Its 115’ depth along with cold temperature, current and haunting beauty makes this a dive for only very experienced divers. The steering gear and ships wheel lay on the starboard of the afterdeck. A commemorative plaque has been placed next to the ships wheel. This impressive shipwreck, often referred to as the "Jewel of Tobermory", offers experienced divers a fulfilling challange. Please bring your Logbooks and proof of certification for this awesome wreck dive. This is the best and most interesting wreck in Tobermory. It should be dived by experienced divers only. However, it is well worth a few years of diving effort to gain the necessary experience to dive this wreck.