SS THISTLEGORM – SINAI

NAME & LOCATION

East of the Sinai Peninsula, 40 kilometers from Sharm and on the edge of the Ras Mohamed National Park is where the world famous SS Thistlegorm found her final resting place.

The SS Thistlegorm has found her final resting place at the edge of the Ras Mohamed National park, just west of Sharm. On the east side the straight of Tiran with famous sites like Wilson and Jackson.
The SS Thistlegorm has found her final resting place at the edge of the Ras Mohamed National park, just west of Sharm. On the east side the straight of Tiran with famous sites like Wilson and Jackson.

Discovered originally by Jacques Cousteau in 1956 as he followed tips of local fishermen who had seen a funnel just below the surface. It was considered a world class find as many were seeking this wreckage that went down during the Second World War.

HISTORY SS THISTLEGORM

The SS Thistlegorm was a 126 meter army frater on its way to resupply the 4th infantry of the Royal British Army back in 1941. The Mediterranean Sea was under the control of Nazi Germany, hence this vessel left Glasgow, rounded Africa and entered the Red Sea from the South, intending to pass through the Suez Channel to go to Alexandria where the infantry was located.

As SS Thislegorm was asked to stay on safe anchoridge awaiting passage through the Sues Channel she was bombed by surprise. The Queen Mary was in the Red Sea with about 10.000 troops on board and that was the original target. Some Heinkel HE III aircraft dispatched from Greece to seek the Queen Mary during the night. Luckily for the Queen Mary and her troops she was not discovered, leaving the bombers with a load that they had to drop to make sure that they had sufficient fuel to return to Greece. So the pilots looked for an alternative and found the SS Thistlegorm. As they bombed her they hit her direct in the ammunition storage and the ship blew up creating an explosion so big that she lit up the night sky on the early hours of October the 6th of 1941. It is believed that because of this light the Rosalie Moller was spotted also sitting at safe anchoridge behind the Island of Gubal and she was bombed only a few days later.

Because the SS Thistlegorm  sank instantly and because she is sitting up straight with loads of goodies inside, she makes an excellent and world class dive Goodies to be found: motor bikes, armored cars, ammunition, train tenders, locomotive, airplane wings, trucks, riffles and much more.

BIODIVERSITY

Even though this is a wreck dive, the dive site offers a lot of marine life. Schools of yellowfin barracuda, a giant grouper, crocodile fish, lion fish scorpion fish, bat fish, nudibranchs, shrimps and much more.

DIVE SITE SPECS
Access:Year round, in the winter currents and wind pick up
Type of diving:Drift along deep walls and night dive from the boat.
Diver level:Advanced & comfortable with currents & depth.
Depth:From boat / zodiac
Current:0-40 meters
Visability:20-30 meters

WHAT TRIPS BRING YOU THERE?

These dives can be done by Liveaboard, where you combine the best dive sites in a weeks diving. The following trips offer it as part of their program: