El Condesito wreck
Just a 5-minute boat trip from Las Galletas, is a wreck dive for all levels. ‘El Condesito’ was a 44m long Cargo vessel that sunk in 1973. There have been different stories as to why this vessel sunk, however, we believe it was because of an engine problem during a storm.
Since the vessel sunk it has attracted all sorts of life to the area. The maximum depth here is 18m, which is perfect for open water divers to experience a wreck at a shallower depth.
Over the years the wreck has broken up into more than one piece, this allows you to investigate all around it and even look into the wreck and see what hidden marine life has called El Condesito ‘home’.
Ask our team about the other stories and see which one you believe!
Name: El Condesito.
Type: Cargo vessel, 400grt with 375hp steam triple expansion engine, 9 knots.
Length: 43.9 meter.
Width: 7.9 meter.
Sinking date: 27-09-1973.
Cargo: Cement what was loaded in Gran Canaria at factory Arguineguin.
Built at: Noroeste Astano, Astileros Y Talleres del Fene in 1945.
Reason sinking: Engine problems during a storm.
Location: Near faro de Punta Rasca, Tenerife.
Depth: 9 to 18 meter and is broken in several parts.
- There are 3 different sinking dates but we believe that 27-09-1973 is the most credible.
- Some stories mention that El Condesito sunk because the captain was drunk.
- There is also some doubt where Condesito is build, other source say, Navantia Carenas Ferrol – Spain.
Any correction or additional information about the El Condesito wreck is more than welcome, please contact us. If you are interested in exploring this wreck in detail, take a look at our Wrecks Mapping Project page.