The Edward Williams was one of four wrecks donated to the national reef program by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), in the mid 90s, in remembrance of four RBDF marines who lost their lives in May 1980. (See notes on The David Tucker’ for more information) The Edward Williams finds its final resting place 18 miles south of New Providence, where it sits amongst extensive reef structures, a jagged vertical wall and a healthy population of Caribbean reef sharks, natural inhabitants of this area.
Wreck diving has always been an exciting way to experience the beauty of the underwater world. It carries with it an eerie feeling of mystery and, in some cases, an awesome curiosity. As the most southern dive site from New Providence, the Edward Williams exemplifies this mystery perfectly. Weathered by salt water and ocean currents, the atmospheric wreck site offers a backdrop for a reef teeming with fish life. Explore the edge of the Great Bahama Bank as it drops down into the Tongue of the Ocean. This is an excellent spot to see larger schools of both reef and pelagic fish catching the ocean currents as they swim by. One of the site’s biggest highlights is the resident school of Caribbean reef sharks. Their presence adds to the allure of this spot, making it an ideal location for intermediate and advanced divers.
The other wrecks donated to the Bahamas national reef program – in remembrance of RBDF sailors: David Tucker – New Providence, Bahamas (dive site, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas); Fenwick Sturrup – New Providence, Bahamas (dive site, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas); Austin Smith – Highbourne Cay, Exuma, Bahamas