Survey Area

Narrowing the Search Area

Several archival documents refered to Breezy Point and/or East Caicos as the location of Trouvadore’s wrecking. It was assumed this was a reference to modern day Breezy Point, a prominence on the north shore of East Caicos that extends out almost to the reef fringing the north coast of the island.

Surveys were conducted between a point 2.5 km East of Breezy Point called Thatch Cay and another 2.5 km to the West called Black Rock. The target area was about 5.5 kilometers long by 800 meters wide. The water depth in the lagoon is a maximum of 23 feet (7 m). Several large coral heads dot the lagoon and finger reefs extend shoreward from the main reef. Outside the fringing reef, which is often visible at low tide, the water depth slopes to 60 feet (20 m) before plunging several thousand meters. The maximum water depth in the search area outside the reef is approximately 30 feet (9 m).