SS Thistlegorm wreck motorbikes

The Red Sea is famous for the number of great-quality wrecks that divers can enjoy. The most-famous diving wreck in The Red Sea is without doubt SS Thistlegorm. This was a British transport ship used in World War II and on its way to the Suez Canal when it was attacked and sunk by a German air strike in 1941. The wreck is nearly 130 metres long, but lies at a depths of only 20-40 metres. This means that it’s restricted to Advanced Divers and you need to spend time at depth, before a safety stop in the blue. This is ideal for diving on Nitrox. The wreck is regarded by many as the best wreck dive in the world. It is full of items transported for war, including guns, tanks, motorcycles, trucks, and even locomotive engines! Fortunately, it was sunk while anchored and waiting for the all clear to move north to Alexandria, so most of the crew escaped unharmed. Thistlegorm Wreck is located in the north of The Red Sea, at Shag Rock in the Gulf of Gubal, and can be visited by day trip boats and liveaboards. During the day it can become very crowded, so liveaboard divers benefit from enjoying a less-crowded wreck on the first or final dive of the day.

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