The Corvette Afonso Cerqueira, after Madeirense, a merchant navy ship that linked the islands of the archipelago, and Corvette General Pereira D'Eça, (spot “Cordeca”, here in Portugal Dive website), is the third ship to go deep into the seas of the Madeira Archipelago.
The objective was the creation of a road map of artificial reefs with environmental tourism potentialities.
The Corvette Afonso Cerqueira, who belongs to the same class as General Pereira d´Eça, is 85 meters long and 14 meters high.Built in 1973, it served in the Navy for over 40 years, with a regular crew of seven officers, 14 sergeants and 51 sailors.
The ship, which was decontaminated and stripped of all toxic material, was sunk by cutting explosives, and now lyes 400 meters offshore at a depth of about 30 meters. Fifteen meters is the depth at the bridge.