SS Thistlegorm at the Red Sea in Egypt

The SS Thistlegorm was a British vessel war supplies during World War 2. It was sunk after being attacked by German bombers in 1941. It sits at the bottom of the Red Sea and attracts thousands of divers every year.

The front half of the ship remains mostly intact and sits on a shallow portion of the sea floor. On the other hand, the stern rests at a much deeper part of the sea. The bow section of the wreck has three holds still containing the supplies the ship was carrying. Among the supplies found in the hold are:

  • Lee Enfield rifles
  • Bedford trucks
  • BSA motorcycles
  • Morris automobiles
  • Grenades
  • Mines
  • Plane and tank spare parts

While coral has not grown in this section of the wreck, it does have some fish swimming around, including:

  • Sweepers
  • Soldierfish

The hull in the middle part of the ship was peeled by the explosions that sunk it. Ammunition and artillery shells can be seen scattered in this section. Divers can also see a host of marine life in this section, including:

Two machineguns can be found at the port side of the stern section of the SS Thistlegorm. The large propeller is also visible at the rear of the wreck. In this section, the marine life is quite dynamic as divers will see the following:

  • Orange spotted trevally
  • Fusiliers
  • Crocodilefish
  • Teira batfish
  • Hawksbill turtle

Divers can choose to go on a daytrip or hop on a live aboard boat to fully explore the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm. Aside from the colorful marine life, the historical significance of the SS Thistlegorm makes it an ideal spot for divers to explore.

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