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This is a naturally formed tunnel through the southeastern tip of the island.  What was it used for?  There was plenty of overhead - something like 145 meters (about 450 feet) and 15 meters high (about 50 feet) above the water and the water is about 30 feet deep.  Let's take a look at more shots of this tunnel.

 

Southwest entrance to the tunnel.

 

Northeast entrance to the tunnel.

     

  This photo was shot from the point at which I was about the closest I could get.  We did get closer, but I was moving along the very narrow ledge at the water's edge, I was more interested in not getting knocked off and swept out to sea.  Call it a personal choice, but it seemed to be a good idea at the time.  The ledge was no more than six inches above the water and even though the sea was relatively calm, every so often a wave of about three feet high would wash in from the left of this photo, sweep all around the face of the cliff and over this ledge which was MAYBE one foot wide.  A wave of that size does not seem like much, but when one is on a narrow, slippery ledge, getting hit with such a wave will absolutely, positively, definitely sweep one off and as the wave recedes, I would have been on my way to the coast of Africa!  Although there are some who would welcome learning that I was washed out to sea, this did not appeal to me.

I hope to return and when I do, I'll have a small boat arranged in advance.  There was no such small boat available this time.

*  *  *  SPECIAL  *  *  *
Our S.E.I.G. Agent PIZZARRO tells us this:
In Brazil files, it reads that the Trindade tunnel is 140 meters long but in old German Reich files I read the Trindade tunnel is 145 meters long...........like 475 feet.

Our friend Charlie Grützemacher said to me in 1990 this tunnel is long enough for one big Type IX-C U-Boat or two Type VII-C U-Boats to be inside.
EDITOR NOTE - CHARLIE GRÜTZEMACHER (1367-1990) was a Member of Sharkhunters and during the war was L. I. (Engineering Officer) on a German U-Boat that was preparing to make a run for Tahiti as Germany surrendered.  He also had a huge archive that he organized after the war.

PIZZARRO goes on to tell us that "We have found in old files a plan of the tunnel written in March-April 1939."  Here is what PIZZARRO found in the old German Reich files:
  *  South door Brazil Trindade tunnel 145 meters long;
  *  North door 12 meters high from the waterline (that is about 40 feet);
  *  North door point "Y" is 130 meters (about 430 feet);
  *  From ground (sea floor) to waterline 9 meters     7 meters     6 meters     5 meters;
  *  "Y" = 4.80 meters (about 16 feet) 3 meters     2 meters = north door;
  *  130 meters (about 430 feet) from the South door the tunnel is 4.80 meters (about 16 feet) deep from the waterline to ground (the sea floor);
  *  The tunnel from the South Side to point "Y" = 130 meters (about 430 feet) inside the tunnel and 9 meters (about 30 feet) breadth.

Muchas Gracias PIZZARRO for this information.

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