Bermuda Coral Reef
The Mills Breaker
Mills Breaker coral reefs of Bermuda are to the south-east of North Rock reefs. This is a series of shallow blind breakers. Many ships heading towards the navigational guiding light at North Rock, met their ill fate on these shallow blind reefs.
During the world war time, the lights at North Rock were used to be put off. Due to this, ship captains often made mistakes confusing the North Rock Beacon with St. David's Lighthouse and would wrongly assume the ship was in deep safe water. Those mistakes mostly turned out to be quite fatal. Due to the shallow depths in this region, the pounding north Atlantic has virtually demolished these wrecks. But the evidence of the ships can still be seen with many artifacts embedded in the shallow breaker reefs.
As you dive this Mills Breaker coral reef location in Bermuda, you can find Propeller blades, capstan, winches, anchors, deck plates and engine parts. Several hundred years of marine misfortune have now been totally engulfed by the reef.
The more noted of the wrecks around Mill's Breaker are The Beaumaris Castle, an English Sailing Vessel that sank in 1873, the Colonel William G. Ball, an American luxury yacht which met its end here in 1943 and the remains of The Avenger, an English Brigantine, which sank in 1874.
There is no distinct site as Mills Breaker coral reef in Bermuda; this is rather an area of reefs in an open ocean. Although the reef has caused the end for many vessels, nothing has hit this reef since 1943. As a result the corals have managed to regain life and the reef has managed to repair itself.
Summer visibility is typically poor due to the close proximity of the cruise ship channel. These cruise ships have been the cause of major silt deposits in this area.
During wintertime a visibility of over 150 feet can usually be expected and cruise ships are seldom seen, as they mostly cruise the waters of the Caribbean during the Atlantic winter. Maximum depth here is up to 25 feet unless you are moving far away from the site. The tops of many coral heads come within a few feet of the surface.
A guided group tour for this site is always recommended. It's quite easy to get lost here due to the maze of channels between the coral heads.