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SS Thistlegorm
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Red Sea, Egypt
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Location Red Sea, Egypt
Water type Salt water
Average current none
Average logged depth 21 meters (68,8976379 feet)
Maximum logged depth 28 meters (91,8635172 feet)
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It was around 12 o'clock, the crew of the the steamship at the Strait of Gubal in the Red sea outside of Egypt heard an airplane somewhere close by.

During the ships 4th voyage, this time from Glasgow on June 2nd 1941 to Alexandria in Egypt it had a purpose carrying cargo for the Egyptian railway and the Egyptian Allied forces. Due to a collision in the Suez Canal the ship could not proceed through the canal to Alexandria as planned and moored safe anchorage in September 1941. They awaited transit through the canal until the 6th October 1941.

It was during the World War 2, the 6th of October 1941 when the SS Thistlegorm lay anchor at the strait of Gubal in the Red sea when a German bomber airplane flew over the ship and managed to drop some bombs in the ships hold number 4, and maybe in number 5. When the plane had passed over, 2 explosions could be heard and large flames emerged up from hold number 4 and the ship was blasted apart. The flames were said to be so intense they lit up both sides of the Red sea.

The ship sank to the bottom of the sea and was forgotten... until a day in 1956, fifteen years later was discovered by Jacques Cousteau when he raised several items from the ship, and appeared in National Geographic in 1956. Soon the ship was almost forgotten again, until in the early 1992 when Sharm el-Sheikh had started to develop as a dive resort and divers could start diving at the old wreck where it lay on it's depth of 30metres(100feet), which is the ideal maximum depth for diving without special equipment and training.

Diving at Thistlegorm is like entering a museum of history under the water, where the great loss and destruction of the bomb site takes you back in time in this war grave deep under the waters of the red sea.

When diving at the Thistlegorm you go down mooring connecting with the wreck through sometimes rather strong currents down to the safety of the old ship where well inside the holds, a great amount of cargo can be explored. There are motorcycles, boots, trucks, rifles, airplane parts and other vehicles and equipment almost in their original states to be seen. On the outside of the ship parts of a blown apart steam locomotive can be seen. The sea life is also very impressive with a lot of interesting fish to be seen.

Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot