Pattaya strengthens her name as ‘Wreck Capital of Thailand’

HTMS Phetra before the sinking

HTMS Phetra before the sinking (Click to Enlarge)

After several meetings between the local authorities, Navy and representatives of Pattaya’s Diveshops in 2011 there was an agreement that new wreck(s) would arrive to the Pattaya area. One year later this topic was further discussed between Dive Tribe, a non-profit organisation to improve the ecology and ocean awareness in Pattaya, and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources resulting in the sinking of a new wreck on October 20th 2012.

The ship donated by the Royal Thai Navy to Pattaya is the HTMS Phetra, also known as Mataphon, a former American Landing ship. That was in service during WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Area and for that service received the Battle Star.

After the war ended, the ship was transferred to the Royal Thai Navy on 09/05/1948 and decommissioned 09/11/1948, renamed HTMS Phetra, named after an island in the Andaman Sea . She was in service till the sinking day.
Her last known activity was to participate in the removal and re-sinking of Pak-One, more commonly known as the vertical wreck in Thailand.

Look here at the Wreck Dive site description for all the details about our latest wreck.

As her position is quite shallow +/- 20 meters depth we expect that we can even take Open Water divers on the top of the wreck as that will be lower than 18 meters. The wreck is off course available for Adventure or Advanced Open Water Divers.
And it provides us with another wreck to conduct our Wreck Diving speciality course on.

We have good hope that there will become an abundance of marine life on there, with sightings nearby of juvenile/young Bamboo and Nurse sharks, stingrays and turtles.

and we cannot wait untill we can dive her!!!
So come and join us for a dive on Pattaya’s Latest wreck.

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