Contra Torpedeiro Pará – Artificial wreck of the brazilian navy

Built in 1942 for the U.S Navy and named USS Guest – DD 472 , this vessel was transfered to the Brazilian navy in 1959 after four years of duty in the U.S Navy in the world war two. With 114 meters of lenght and 2.050 tons, the USS Guest was renamed Contra Torpedeiro Pará – D27.

The Transference happened by leasing and in August of 1973 the CT Pará was officially a vessel of the Brazilian Navy. The CT Pará was a Fletcher class that in Brazil is known as Tipo 600. After nineteen years of excellent duties made for the Brazilian navy, the Pará was released in 1978. In 1983 another vessel crossed the Pará´s fate: The submarine Ceará – S-14. Also a former U.S Navy property when it was built in 1944, the USS Amberjack – SS 522 was delivered to the Brazilian Navy in 1973 e renamed Ceará.

These submarine has an outstanding record on the files of the Brazilian Navy and it win four TORPEDEX prizes.

In February, 22th, 1983 the S-Ceará headed to the South of Cape Frio Lighthouse to exercises.

The target ?

The former Contra Torpedeiro Pará.

The S-Ceará hit the hull of the Contra Torpedeiro Pará with two torpedoes causing the sink of the ship.

The exact position of this shipwreck it is not of my knowledge.According to some informations, this exercises was realized at 80 miles of Cape Frio.This distance, that seems to far from any attempts made by wreck divers doesn´t mean that the wreckage is 80 miles from shore. It could be less.

Nowadays, brazilians technical wreck divers are crossing distances bigger than 20 miles to do some dives and we expect that in the next few years, these divers reacheven more far distances to find new shipwrecks.

And the Contra Torpedeiro Pará is a great option !

Rodrigo Coluccini
Criador e proprietário da Revista Deco Stop, foi um dos responsáveis pela divulgação em larga escala das informações sobre naufrágios no litoral brasileiro, fato antes restrito a poucos. É co-autor do manual de naufrágios da certificadora PDIC. Seu trabalho é citado em vários livros atuais sobre história maritima brasileira confirmando a importância de seu trabalho.