John Bell iniciate his navigation company in 1878 in yhe english city of Ayr with ly one ship.In 1888 he move his company to Glasgow and his company was renamed Bell Bro´s & Mclelland and the Bellucia was the first ship build for the new company.
Built in 1888 by the D & W Henderson shipyard in Glasgow, the Bellucia was hundred meters wide and 2715 tons. His propulsion was made by a Triple extension engine and two huges boilers.
The main route made by bell Bro´s & McLelland was Hamburg / Antwerp to Mediterran and others places in the Black Sea. The biggest ships of the company,such as the Bellucia were used in routes to India, Extreme Orient and South America. During a voyage between Santos and New Orleans, the Bellucia sunk near to the Rasa Island in Guarapari on february 15th 1903. The ship´s cargo was coffee and a large variety of itens.
The Bellucia is the most visited shipwreck of Guarapari. The dive is made in two parts because the ship broke in two when it sunk. The bow and the stern are separated by 100 meters.
In the stern, the conditions of the wreckage are still good and is the part that the people want more to dive.It is possible to see the propeller, rudder, the engines and one of the huge boilers and other auxiliary boiler. The depht in this part of the ship is about 27 meters and there is a lot of marine life.
In the bow, less visited but igually interestant, we see a kean anchor, the bow and the hull are still in good conditions (as the stern), capstans and winchs. After that we saw the bridge of the ship and more ahead the other huge boiler.The Bellucia boilers are the biggest boilers i saw in brazilian waters. The presence of each of the big boilers in different parts of the ship – one in the bow and the other in the stern may indicate that the ship broke in that part of the hull.
Usually, there is a strong current on the area and is better try to dive there when the tide is “dead”. When diving into the Bellucia don´t forget to take sinalizations devices such as the Dive Alert. Inspired in the dive made between the “Galeão” e Buenos Aires in the city of Rio de Janeiro and named The “Crossing”, we will try to make a connection dive between the bow and the stern of Bellucia. This dive will be made by technical divers of the Brasil Mergulho team.