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The Produce

Average depth: 24m

Maximum depth: 32m

The Produce is an old cargo vessel that was carrying molasses and was travelling from Durban, heading south when it struck the pinnacles on Aliwal Shoal in 1974. There were no lives lost as a rescue party launched from the Umkomaas River managed to reach her and saved all the people on board. It is 119m long and lies facing north. She has come to rest on her starboard side and her back is broken leaving her midship very flat and scattered. Her propeller has been salvaged, however, her spare prop can still be seen on her bow. There are a number of swim-through's for the more experienced diver and it is advisable to take a torch on this dive as light does not penetrate all the swin-through's.

A host of very shy giant Brindle bass about 3m long and 1.5m wide could be seen, as well as Harlequin goldies all around the wreck, they are endemic to the wreck and can only be found on her and the Nebo. Scorpionfish and Stonefish are regularly found on the wreck, camouflaged and blended into the scenery. Manta rays and game fish can also be spotted in the big blue if the visibility is good. The coral on this wreck consists of more soft than hard coral. Some of the soft coral found here includes, Fire coral, Whip coral, Green fern coral, Polyp coral and yellow Turret coral.

Dive site information taken from "The Dive Spots Of Southern Africa".
 
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