La Famille Express Shipwreck

THE LA FAMILLE EXPRESS is a grounded shipwreck and popular landmark near the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos. It’s located about two miles (3.2km) off of Long Bay Beach on the southeast side of the island.

The La Famille Express is two miles offshore and is too far to wade or swim to. The ship is further out than it appears. The ship is a popular stop for charters that visit the south side of Providenciales, and most visitors arrive by boat cruise or jet ski. Kiteboarders who launch from Long Bay Beach’s unrivaled kite spot frequently make the journey out. Proficient kayakers and stand up paddle boarders may also venture out, but the trip will be difficult for inexperienced paddlers.

The La Famille Express (also known as the Long Bay Shipwreck) began in a much colder environment – the Soviet Union – in 1953. The ship began its career as an oil rig service ship, ferrying supplies to remote offshore oil wells. During its first lunch, the ship was christened the oрт-евенко, or Fort Shevchenko in English, after the Caspian Sea military port town.

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  • George Kotokov
    George Kotokov
    a month ago

    Great day out on a jet ski. Definitely worth it. Don’t forget your shoes though. Thank me later

  • Leon Voskov
    Leon Voskov
    a month ago

    Cool ship and you can climb up and jump into the water. Really fun stop on a jet ski tour. Wear water shoes, there’s broken glass when walking on the ship itself

  • Kyle McHugh
    Kyle McHugh
    3 months ago

    Dangerous as can be. Absolutely awesome though. Literally a shipwrecked piece of Tetnis. Wear shoes, brave it, there is nothing like it anywhere!

  • Tom Fuller
    Tom Fuller
    in the last week

    Thought it would be much more luxurious, toilets rusty, deck rusty, needs a lot of work. The crew were no where to be seen and not very helpful. While this is a cool no wind piratey adventure for 30 min on a jet ski you would be better off learning to Kitesurf with BIGBLUE KITEBOARDING!!!

  • Nancy Spelsberg
    Nancy Spelsberg
    2 months ago

    Stunning pictures - get there via boat or jetski, it is worth the ride.

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