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Travancore

1868-1880, Castro Bay, Otranto

Travancore

History

Travancore was built by John Key & Sons at Kinghorn, Scotland, and launched on 29 August 1867 as the Sultana. Purchased by P&O a few months later and completed as Travancore. Iron construction with a single screw powered by direct-acting horizontal steam engines. Capacity for 85 first-class and 34 second-class passengers.

Wrecked in thick fog at Castro Bay south of Otranto on a voyage from Bombay to Venice. All 57 passengers and crew were rescued together with the mails and some of the cargo.

 

Statistics
Built1868
Lost8-Mar-1880
Tonnage1900
Dimensions85.8 x 10.8 m (281.6 x 35.5 ft)
Speed12 knots
FateWrecked

Wreck

The wreck of the Travancore lies 15m deep and is just a short swim from the shore. Little of the superstructure itself remains, most of which is fused into a rocky reef and covered in a light growth of flora. Divers have reported finding glass, pottery, household utensils and minor non-ferrous fixtures amongst the iron wreckage.

 

Dive Data
Position39.991473, 18.414073
Depth15m (49ft)
Tides
VisibilityExcellent

Dive Operators
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