The WIT Shoal II / LST 467 is located a few miles southwest of the St. Thomas airport, near Saba Rock. The WIT Shoal was originally a warship, known as LST 467. LST stands for Landing Ship Tanks, and she was built in 1943 to land up to 20 Sherman tanks onto the beach in the Allied invasions of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. LSTs were designed to run right up onto the beach to land the tanks. The bow of the ship has large doors which open outward, and an inner door which lowers down to form a ramp for the tanks to drive onto the beach. LST 467 served in the Pacific during the war.

After the war this 328 foot long ship was purchased by the West Indies Transport company, and renamed the WIT Shoal II. She was used as a freighter until she sank in Tropical Storm Klaus, on November 6, 1984. Today the WIT Shoal is one of the premier diving wrecks of St. Thomas.

The shipwreck sits upright in 90 feet of water, but the top of the observation tower is only 35 feet beneath the waves. There are 5 levels of decks for divers to explore.

Aitch Liddle, a former local dive shop owner, has done extensive research on LST 467. For a more extensive history of LST 467, click here.

The WIT Shoal segment in “Diving St. Thomas, Volume 1” features all five decks of the shipwreck, including the engine room, auxiliary engine room, auxiliary steering room, berthing area, galley, winch area on aft deck, officers quarters area, the large crane on deck, and the bow area. Also included is footage of LST 325, a restored LST that is still floating. Featured fish and sea life include Barracuda, Turtles, Horseye Jacks, Southern Stingray, Lobster, Crab, Cup Corals, and Trumpetfish.

This website is a loving tribute to our fish and other sea life comrades and the gorgeous colorful sea world they inhabit.