Thistlegorm

SS Thistlegorm

This is, quite rightly, the most popular day trip by boat from Sharm, the Thistlegorm is one of the most famous wrecks in the world and Ras Mohammed offers some of the best marine life anywhere in the red sea.
Sunk in 1941 the Thistlegorm was “lost” until 1955 when she was rediscovered by Jacques Cousteau on one of his early explorations of the red sea. She was then “lost” again and only discovered again in 1992 to become the diving attraction she is today.
The Thistlegorm is a British Second World War supply ship that was sitting at anchor awaiting instructions to pass through the Suez Canal and supply the British troops in North Africa . She never made it, German long range bombers out of Crete were patrolling the area and spotting a large ship they released their bombs, one scoring a direct hit on the munitions hold, blowing the ship in two, sinking her instantly and killing 9 of the crew. She now sits upright at a maximum bottom depth of 31 meters with her cargo largely intact.
The wreck is normally done over two dives.
The first is around the outside of the wreck where you will see the mighty flanks of the 126 meter ship. The stern was blown off the main body of the wreck and sits at a 45% angle, looking up you can see the unmistakable shape of the ships, ultimately useless, guns. The current normally runs bow to stern and large groupers are often to be found near the prop. Venturing over the debris of the impact area look out for the two upturned Bren-gun carriers and lots of Wellington boots. Up to the deck area we find many fish, locomotive rolling stock and the Thistlegorms huge winches which dive boats use for tying on to.

On the second dive we explore the inside of the wreck, your guide will take you through the holds to see the Thistlegorms cargo of BSA motorcycles, trucks, munitions and assorted spare parts. Back on the deck area lookout for schools of Bat-fish, large Napoleon Wrasse and even the occasional shark.
A fantastic dive site for wreck addicts and fish lovers alike.
Diving here is not especially difficult but due to the depth of the dives and as there is often a strong current, divers need to be experienced and hold a minimum of advanced open water certification.
This safari is normally done as an overnight trip from Dahab and combined with a 3rd dive at Ras Mohammed.



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