Divers by the 40mm canon at the rear part of the ship.
Diver by the superstructure.
8th. of August, 2005
S/S Thistlegorm left the port of Glasgow in Scotland, May, 1941,
loaded with supplies for the British 8th. Army in Egypt and North
Africa. Because the Germans controlled the Mediterranien Sea at
that time, it was considered safer to go arround the African continent,
up through the Red Sea, to enter the port of Alexandria.
In the night between the 5-6th. of October, 2 german warplanes
(Heinkel HE 111 bomber) discovered the Thistlegorm, anchored in
the Strait of Gubal, waiting to go through the Suez-channel. The
german warplanes attacked the ship, that was hit in hold number
4, which was heavy loaded withdifferent kind of ammunition.
Among a lot of other things, a 126ton locomotive, tied to the
deck was catapulted into the air by the heavy exsplosion and can
be found about 30m away from the wreck. Thistlegorm was devided
in 2 parts by the explosion and sank in an upright position on
a flat, sandy seabed at 30m of depth.
The wreck was found in 1955 by the famous Captain, Jacques Cousteau,
but he never revealed the position and the wreck remained untouched
until 1992, when it was rediscovered by an Israelian skipper.
On a trip to Egypt, 2005, I had the oppertunity to dive this wreck
twice. The first dive was on the outside of the wreck. On the
second dive we penetrated through the lower holds that is filled
up with Bedford trucks, BSA-motorcycles, spareparts for jeeps,
planes, etc. A fantastic experience I'll never forget.
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