SS Thistlegorm

Also known as Thistlegorm

Sea (Salt water)
18.9 m (avg)
285 m (max)
Diver Level
Advanced Only

Dive Site: Thistlegorm

Location: 27°42'00"N; 34°05'00"E

Description: Container ship

Length: 126 metres approx (413 feet)

Depth: 16 - 33 metres (52 - 108 feet)

Visibility: 20 - 30 metres (65 - 100 feet)

Rating: *

The Thistlegorm was discovered in 1956 by Jacques Cousteau and is probably the most famous wreck in the world. It sank in 1941 when it was hit by a German bomb that blew a hole in the port side, igniting tank ammunition that was in the hold. The explosion ripped the roof of the ship backwards, rather like opening a tin of sardines. The stern section of the wreck lies almost horizontal to the sea bed; the remainder of the wreck is nearly upright. Inside the wreckage, tyres, tanks, motorbikes, Bedford trucks, waders and wellington boots can be seen. Penetration is possible around the bridge and blast area. The large prop is still in position and the guns on the stern are in excellent condition. Artillery litters the blast area. A bath tub can be seen towards the bow and a toilet near the stern. The sea life is impressive with possibility of seeing tuna overhead the resident turtle. Expect this to be very busy, especially once the day boats have reached it; it is likely to be chaos both on the surface and under the water.

Amongst the wreckage you will find all sorts of items – from tyres and motorbikes to Bedford trucks, artillery and even wellington boots. There will always be something new to see here, however many times you dive. Marine life is abundant, and you are likely to come across tuna, jacks, moray eels, turtles, pipefish and all sorts of coral species. A unique piece of military history, the Thistlegorm is one of the greatest wrecks in the Red Sea.

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