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Underwater Photo Location: Thistlegorm - Sha'ab Ali

Underwater Photo Location: Thistlegorm - Sha'ab Ali

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In 1956 Jacques Cousteau, with his mythical oceanographic ship Calypso, discovered the wreck of the Thistlegorm on the outer wall of the immense reef known as Sha'ab Ali, off the western coast of Sinai. This was a British transport ship built in1940 by Thomson & Sons that was lying at anchor early in the Second World War when it was attacked by a squandron of German bombers from Crete. The Thistlegorm had come from Cape Town loaded with material for the British troops in North Africa (munitions, hand grenades, anti-tank mines, Lee Enfield MK III rifles, BSA motorcycles, Morris automobiles, Bedford trucks, two light MK II Bren Carrier tanks, two locomotives, two railway freight cars, two tank cars, spare parts, medicines, tires and rubber boots) and was hit by two bombs; it sank for 30 meters in an upright position onto the flat and sandy floor.
Cousteau found a ship which, despite the fire that had resulted from the bombing, was virtually intact, as was its cargo. He documented his discovery in some scenes in one of his memorable documentary films so that the public at large would become acquainted with this extraordinary wreck, which is considered the most interesting in the Red Sea and has become a great favourite with scuba divers from all over the world.


Facts about Thistlegorm - Sha'ab Ali
  • It is in Egypt
  • Thistlegorm - Sha'ab Ali is in the Red Sea.
  • The typical visibility is 30+ Metres 100+ Feet.
Dive types
Liveaboarddayboatwreck

Marine Life
big

Diving facilities
airnitroxrepairshireinstructionguidedfriendly

Photo facilities
macrowideangleprocessingfilmpfriendlyphireinstruction

by Nigel Wade
Blue Sea Star reaching for the sun on a Bunaken reef. Nikon D200 10.5 FE.

by Gareth Millson
Motorcycle in Hold of the SS Thistlegorm. Canon 10-22mm wide angle. Balanced natural light through hold doors with strobes with a 1/50 shutter.

by Dray Van Beeck
Thistlegorm stern. Natural light, magic filter and wb. Nikon 300, 10-20mm Sigma.

by Cigdem Cooper
Water Tender on SS Thistlegorm.

by Kliment Kolosov
Yet another classic Thistlegorm shot

by Sean Cooper
Lionfish

by Cigdem Cooper
Crocodile fish on Thistlegorm

by Sean Cooper
Lionfish

by Dray Van Beeck
Thistlegorm the old fasioned way.

by Hisham Elshafie
SS Thistlegorm

by Stephan Attwood
Bubble Bath on the Thistlegorm.

by Hisham Elshafie
SS Thistlegorm Wreck, deck gun

by Keith Savill
Cargo of the Thistlegorm. Canon Ixus85, Inon Fisheye, Inon D2000 strobe.

by Keith Savill
Crocodile Fish eye. Canon Ixus 85, Inon Macro lens, Inon D2000. Minor cropping.

by Gianni Cicalese
Thistlegorm Wreck red Sea

by Nadya Kulagina
Long-standing reminder... SS Thistlegorm

by Nadya Kulagina
The spindle

by Nadya Kulagina
Life in a glove compartment

by Nadya Kulagina
Hidden treasures

by Nadya Kulagina
Hidden Treasures II

by Nadya Kulagina
Hidden Treasures III

by Cinzia Bismarck
BANG! The Anti-aircraft gun of Thistlegorm Natural light no strobe

by Cipriano (ripli) Gonzalez
dolphins between dives

by Cipriano (ripli) Gonzalez
dolphin!!!!

by Nadya Kulagina
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