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SS Thistlegorm This is possibly the most famous shipwreck in the world and certainly the most dived. Much has been written about the Thistlegorm and a search for a video on “You Tube” alone will bring you over 24,300 results. Within any twenty four hours over 300 divers will visit the Thistlegorm and at some periods it can be over a thousand. The wreck of the Thistlegorm stayed at peace for over a decade until Jacques-Yves Cousteau discovered her by using information from local fishermen. The February 1956 edition of National Geographic clearly shows the ship’s bell in place and Cousteau’s divers…

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The “Tienstin”, as it is commonly called, is the phonetic pronunciation of the ship’s actual Chinese name of Tien Hsing. Built at Ta Chung Hua Shipbuilding & Engineering Works, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China in 1935, she was a steam powered tugboat of approximately 300 tons and 35 meters in length. The Tien Hsing lies in 18 meters of water at the base of the reef’s southern face on the western end of the reef at Abu Galawa Kibeer. Lying relatively parallel to the reef, with her part of her bow buried deeply in it, the wreck is listing over to starboard at approximately 40-45…

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The S.S. Turbo was a 4,782 GRT steam cargo ship built at J.D. Laing Shipbuilding (Deptbord Yard No. 635), Sunderland, UK, for the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co., Ltd., London. She was launched 11 July 1912, and completed the following month. Following an attack on 20th August 1941,  the Turbo was damaged beyond repair, it was decided that she could still be used as a stationary bulk fuel storage facility, and on 01 April 1941 she departed Suez in the tow of the Gladys Moller, a sister ship of the Rosalie Moller. In heavy weather on 04 April 1941, the Gladys Moller, with the Turbo in tow, neared Ras Banas when the Turbo suddenly…

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The S.S. Scalaria was a 5,683 GRT Tanker built at Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson (Yard No. 1173), Newcastle, UK, for the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company (Shell Tankers, manager). As with all “Shell Tankers” she was named after a mollusk, in this case the twisting bivalve mollusk “Scalaria. On 19 October 1942, the ship was anchored at Ras Gharib under the command of Captain J. Waring, and taking on 7,000 tons of crude oil. Late that evening, or early on the morning of the 20th, the ship was attacked by a German Heinkel 111. The the remains of the bow and stern of…

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The Shillong was a Cargo Liner of 8,934 GRT built at Vickers-Armstrong & Co Ltd and launched on 9th June 1948. Many of the regular tour operators in the Red Sea state that the wreck of the Shillong has not been found as of late 2008. Other dive operators state on their websites that the wreck is on their dive itineraries. This does however have one of the most dramatic incidents of all Red Sea Wrecks which you can read about at: http://dive.im/TheShillong

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This is not actually a shipwreck. These are two LMS Stanier 8F Locomotive engines that are associated with the better, well known wreck of the Thistlegorm. The Stanier 8F locomotive engines are more formally known as London Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway 8F class 2-8-0′s. There were 852 of these locomotives built between 1935 and 1946 as a freight version based on William Stanier’s design known as the Black Five. When the Thistlegorm was bombed and sunk on 06 October 1941, the ship sank in 30-32 meters of water. Either the force of the bombs which sank the ship exploding, or as a result of the sinking itself, the two locomotives became…

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One for the deep technical divers, The Maidan was a “Steel Screw” Steam Cargo Ship of 8,205 GRT built at W. Hamilton & Co. (Glen Yard No. 231), Glasgow, Scotland in 1912 for T & J Brocklebank, Liverpool, London. During the early years of WWI, the Maidan was requisitioned for use by the Ministry of War Transport (MOWT) as a troop transport. She carried the Liverpool Scottish Regiment and the Queen’s Westminster Riflesinfantry battalions from Southampton on 01 November 1914 and delivered them to Le Havre on 03 November. These battalions were among the first infantry battalions to be landed in France. She was discovered in 2003…

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The Francis A favourite for many Red Sea wreck divers, the Rosalie Moller was a 3,963 GRT Cargo Ship originally built as the Francis at Barclay Curle & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. The ship arrived at the lower end of the Gulf of Suez on 06 October 1941 and was directed to moor at Safe Anchorage “H” to await her turn to head north to transit the Suez Canal.The “Safe” Anchorages, up until this date, had been considered safe because enemy aircraft had not been able to venture this far south from airbases located in the northern Mediterranean. However, the Germans had just mastered the art of night…

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The S.S. Numidia was built as a steam cargo ship of 6,399 GRT at D. & W. Henderson & Co., Ltd., Meadowside Shipyard (Yard No. 419, No. 85 Castlebank Street, Glasgow, Scotland, for the Anchor Line Ltd. She ran aground on the northern plateau of Big Brothers on 20th July 1901. Rushing to the Bridge, the Captain found that not only had the ship run aground on Big Brothers, but that his ship was lying almost directly below the lighthouse! The Captain and crew spent the next two hours attempting to back the ship off of the island to no avail, at which…

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The Maria Schröder began life as the Rolf Jarl, a 1,917 GRT steam powered cargo ship of the “three-island” style built at Trondhjems Mekaniske Værksted (Yard No. 174), Trondheim, Norway On 11 April 1956, while en route from Aqaba, Jordan to West Germany, the ship ran aground on a reef at Nabq. Attempts to refloat the ship were unsuccessful and she was declared a total constructive loss. Learn more about diving the Maria Schröder at: http://dive.im/MariaSchröder

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