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Underwater Photo Location: Thistlegorm Wreck (Red Sea)

Underwater Photo Location: Thistlegorm Wreck (Red Sea)

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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.

Facts about Thistlegorm Wreck (Red Sea)
  • It is in Egypt
  • Thistlegorm Wreck (Red Sea) is in the Red Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-30 Metres 0-100 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
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by Igone Ugaldebere
diving the wreck of the Thistlegorm. Diver with torch.

by Garnet Hooper
Blue-spotted Stingray in flight on the Thistlegorm at night. This image is "as taken" - no editing. Fuji e900, Ikelite housing and DS51 strobe plus Inon UFL-165AD fisheye lens.

by Julian Cohen
Trucks on the Thistlegorm Wreck

by Bea & Stef Primatesta
Inside the Thistlegorm. Canon G10, W20 Ikelite & Inon D2000.

by Alberto Tozzi
stern of Thistlegorm, machine guns

by Dray Van Beeck
Motorcycle on the Thistlegorm.

by Carlo Alberto Mari
Stanier 8F steam locomotive SS Thistlegorm

by Peter Segerdahl

by Marco Maccarelli
Thistlegorm wreck

by Tobias Reitmayr
Tambja affinis on rubber tire, Thistlegorm, Sharm el Sheikh. Canon EOS 350d, 18-55mm.

by Horen Stalbe
Fish'n'chain Thistelgorm wreck

by Pietro Cremone
Thistlegorm cannon

by Gordon Allison

by Leena Roy
Motorbikes on the Thistlegorm wreck

by Steve Laycock
It had been a few years since we last dived this one

by Pieter Firlefyn
Crocodile fish with port side locomaotive of the Thistlegorm wreck!

by Pieter Firlefyn
Motorcycles in the Thistlegorm wreck

by Ferhan Coskun
Canon 500D / 11-20 Tokina ikelite systems Thistlegorm / Red Sea / Egypt

by Eda Çıngı
thistlegorm shipwreck

by Nur Tucker
SS Thistlegorm Wreck, Red Sea, The hall carrying vans to the war
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