An elusive ship of multiple identities, often operating under the name of Nola, Gloria, Paramount, and Montana, she was a Civil War blockade runner that made trips between England, Bermuda, and North Carolina. Built in Glasgow, Scotland, this state of the art sleek 236-foot side paddlewheel steamer could run at 15 knots.
However, the shallow reefs of Bermuda accomplished what no Union gunboat could do, and she sank in December 1863. She now lies in 30 feet of water, still partially intact. The wreck is marked by two steam boilers and two paddlewheel frames lying on their sides. She is adorned with beautiful soft and hard corals.
The wreck was never lost and was always known as a fishing site. She is buoyed as par of the Department of Conservation Services “Bermuda Shipwreck dive sites program” under the Marine Heritage Section.
The Montana sits alongside the Constellation and with her dramatic paddlewheels is the center point for the many glass bottom boat, snorkeling and diving tours that visit the area.
This film is part of the Bermuda Shipwrecks Series filmed by Adam Geiger of Sea Light Pictures through a partnership between the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and the Bermuda Government’s Department of Conservation Services.
Divers featured in the videos are Mr Teddy Tucker OBE or Philippe Max Rouja PhD (Custodian of Historic Wrecks).
Planning and diving support also provided by Greg Stone of the New England Aquarium .
The information came from Philippe Max Rouja