Ferdinandea was a short-lived island that rose out of the Mediterranean See in July 1831, exhibited volcanic activity, and was levelled off by the swell in the ensuing months.
The strategic situation of the island and the power constellation at the time caused an international quarrel as to which country the island should belong. Britain, the Bourbon kingdom of the Two Sicilies, France and Spain were competing with each other. Britain was able to plant a flag on the shore, but none of the competitors possessed the island in the sense that it was inhabited. The island got several names, some of which include "Graham Island", "Isle de Julia", "Juliet", "Corrao" and "Nerita"
At the peak volcanic time the "mountain" on Ferdinandea was 63 m high. Now it lies minus 8 m below sea level, about 25 miles off the Sicilian coast at Sciacca. It is called Thomas Coleman Point.
Ferdinandea's birth in July 1831
Drive through Italy all the way south, set over to Sicily, find your way to Sciacca. Contact Roberto Randazzo at www.robsub.it: He will take you out and dive with you to place you on the summit.