Exploring the final resting
places of Cunard ships

Scotia (1)

1862-1904, Apra Harbor breakwater, Guam
Scotia (1)


The Scotia was built for Cunard by Robert Napier & Sons, Glasgow, and launched on 25 June 1861. Scotia had two funnels and two masts which were rigged for sail. She was powered by two massive paddlewheels. The Scotia was the last paddle steamer built for Cunard, and was described as ‘the finest, fastest and strongest ship of her day’. In 1863 the ship took the Blue Riband for the fastest Westbound and Eastbound Atlantic crossings.

In 1878 Scotia was sold to the Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Co. and was converted to a twin-screw cable steamer. She then commenced a new career laying cables between England and Spain and from Gibraltar to India.

In 1903 the Scotia was again to the Pacific Cable Co. and used as a repair ship in the Pacific, based at Guam.

On 11 March 1904 the Scotia was wrecked on Spanish Rock off Catalan Bank, Guam.


Dimensions121.0 x 14.6 m (397 x 48 ft)
Speed14.5 knots


During 1944-1946 the Glass Breakwater was constructed around the Apra Harbor part of which was literally built on top of the bow section of the Scotia, hiding the wreck forever. What remained became a popular dive among local Guam divers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Unfortunately, very little evidence of the wreck remains visible today and the area has become covered in a mass of dense shifting sand. On a dive in April 2011 some small broken sections of wreckage were found near the breakwater that appeared to be part of the Scotia’s double bottom under the cable storage tanks.


Dive Data
Position13 27.565 N 144 37.565 E
Depth13m (43ft)
TidesStrong tides can run

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    Scotia depicted on a cigarette card
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    The reverse a cigarette card depicting Scotia


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