The Peninsula & Oriental Passenger Steamer "Carnatic" was built by Samuda Bros of London and classified as an "iron framed planked passenger steamer of 1776 tons." Her dimensions were 89.8 m x 11.6 m with a draught of 7.8 m. In addition to square-rigged sails, she was powered by a single 4 cylinder compound inverted engine which produced a very handsome 2,442 hp - also built in London, by Humphrys and Tennant. The Carnatic was launched in December 1862 and registered by P & O in March 1863. She then sailed for Calcutta on June 27th whereupon she was employed between Suez, Bombay and China. In 1867 the Carnatic became the proud command of Captain P. B. Jones - one of the ablest officers of the company. At 10am on the morning of Sunday 12th September 1869, Captain Jones ordered the mooring lines slipped and the Carnatic sailed for Bombay. The night was clear, with a slight following breeze and a little land haze - common in these parts. More importantly, the headlands and islands through which the Carnatic plotted her course were all visible. At 1 am Shadwan Island was sighted by the second officer - dead ahead. The Master altered course to S. 46° true and gradually to S. 51° true. Eighteen minutes later, however, breakers were seen on the starboard bow. The helm was instantly put hard-a-starboard and the engines at full speed astern. These measures came too late, and the Carnatic struck Sha'ab Abu Nuhas Reef where she became firmly fixed. By September 14th, she had sank in the waters of the Red Sea. The most incredible part of this entire shipwreck is that while the ship went to the bottom in two separate halves, those two halves then fell together on the seabed - just as they might have done had the ship gone down as one piece.
Today the Carnatic is found at the base of the Reef and lies parallel to it. She is on her port side with the bows facing east. There are three distinct elements to this dive; the fore and aft sections are still largely intact and are joined together by the most damaged area where the ship was broken and the engine room was located.
This unique card provides a detailed depiction of the wreck of the Carnatic in the Red Sea. Each waterproof card is printed on both sides, made of durable PVC plastic and is designed to be taken on the dive. They are also 3-hole punched to fit in standard log books.