Discovered during one of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s first expeditions aboard the Calypso during early months of 1956, the S.S.Thistlegorm was bombed and sunk by the Germans on the night of October 5th 1941.
The ill fated warship sank with its cargo full of war supplies and divers are now able to swim around tanks, jeeps, motorcycles and guns (to list a fraction of the items of interest). Lying to the North West of Ras Mohamed at a depth of 17 – 35metres the SS Thistlegorm has become one of the most sought after wreck dives in the entire world.
The wreck of this British Steam Ship sits on the Southern edge of Sha’ab Mahmoud, known locally as Beacon Rock as because of the presence of the South Cardinal beacon.
The Dunraven was built in 1873 in Newcastle and was on its way to Bombay when it hit the reef in 1876. Sinking to a depth of 30 metres she sank right next to the reef wall and lies upside down, broken into two sections. Prior to sinking the ship caught on fire and destroyed its cargo of cotton and timber. The origin of this 85 metre long, 10 metre wide ship was the cause of a great speculation amongst divers and historians, be sure to listen to your expert guide as they reveal the secrets of the Dunraven.
Carnatic, Giannis D., Chrisoula K.
The Carnatic sank in 1879 and has almost become a reef in itself. It’s a popular site, along with the nearby wrecks of two Greek cargo ships, the Giannis D. and the Chrisoula K. which both sank in the early 1980s. The three wrecks are about 1 hour 30 minutes by boat from the Southern point of Ras Mohamed.