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Wreck of the Thistlegorm

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Wreck of the Thistlegorm

The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship built in England in 1940 and sunk on 5 October 1941 near Ras Mohammed. She was moored awaiting instructions to proceed through the Suez Canal when she was spotted by two German bombers returning from Crete, who dropped two 450 kg bombs directly onto the ship. The Thistlegorm sank immediately, leaving no time for the crew to operate the lifeboats. Instead, they jumped into the water and were later rescued by the HMS Carlisle, another British ship moored nearby – 9 tragically did not make it.

She was first discovered in the early fifties by Jacques Cousteau who used information from local fishermen to find her. That information was then lost and she was re-discovered in the early ’90s and since then has become a well known and much dived wreck. The massive explosion blew much of her mid section away and makes the wreck and her cargo – motorbikes, plane wings, armoured vehicles, Wellington boots and ammunition – very accessible to divers. The depth of around 30 meters is ideal for diving without the need for specialist equipment and training, although her exposure to tidal currents and prevailing winds can make this dive inaccessible at times. Open to experienced divers only.


One of the most beautiful dive sites in the area.

Ahmed Moharram

Dive Guide, Juliet Divers