Wreck of Thistlegorm

This is probably the most famous shipwrecks in the Red Sea. Built in June 1940 by Joseph Thompson & Sons of Sunderland, this 126.5 m long steamship was officially launched on the 9th of April 1940. Voyages included the USA to bring back steel rails and aircraft parts, Argentina to return with grains and West Indies for sugar and rum. Her final voyage was on October 6, 1941 when German bomber planes sunk her during World War II.

The SS Thistlegorm is a war grave, an underwater museum, and a unique piece of military history all rolled into one. She lies in the Straits of Gubal, northern part of the Red Sea. which makes it one of the iconic wrecks only found in the Red Sea. From Sharm El Sheikh , divers can reach the wreck by daily boat or during a weeklong safari. This wreck has a good visibility of around 25-30m. However, SS Thistlegorm is not recommended for beginner divers as currents are often strong.

 The bow can actually be spotted at 15m below the surface. You can also see the propeller at 27m. Since SS Thistlegorm is quite big, several dives are required to get to know the wreck completely, inside and out. The relatively warm waters, maximum depth of 32 metres and the tragedy, war and mystery that envelope this ship are what makes Thistlegorm one of the highly coveted wreck sites that divers are lusting for!

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