Red Sea Wrecks

The Red Sea is home to a large number of wrecks ranging in age and historical significance.  There are three famous Red Sea wrecks which are reachable from Sharm el Sheikh and which Blue Lagoon Diving Center would like to share with you.

Red Sea Wreck DunravenDunraven

The wreck of the Dunraven a British Steamship that was bound for Bombay now sits in the straits of Gubal at a depth of 28m at the base of a sloping reef with a beacon marking the southern tip of Sha’ab Mahmud.  Carrying a cargo of timber and cotton which was lost when a fire broke out and the ship hit the reef and sank.  The holds are now empty but are home to an abundance of marine life.

Red Sea Wreck DunravenPenetration is easy and the light that streams into the hold makes for some great photography.  Schools of Glass Fish and many scorpion fish can be found around the engine area with the dive ending on the reef.

An early morning departure is needed as the wreck is situated several hours from Sharm el Sheikh.  The second dive is conducted in Ras Mohammed Marine Park.

A BBC documentary shows the discovery of the wreck and its identification and makes for interesting viewing.

 

Red Sea Wreck Thistlegorm SS Thistlegorm

The wreck of the SS Thistlegorm a steamship with a gross tonnage of 4898 and length of 126m is situated in the Straits of Gubal was sunk by German bombers in WWII.

Fished for many years by the local Bedouin community, Jacques Cousteau discovered the wreck in 1955 and his dives on her featured on his series The Undersea World.  Her location was kept a secret and she was rediscovered in 1974 with her location being published in 1992.

Red Sea Wreck Thistlegorm AmmunitionThe wreck itself lays at 30m with the deck at 15m with much of its cargo intact divers  will see motorbikes (as ridden by Steve McQueen in the Great Escape), trucks, guns, ammunition and even wellington boots all from the 1940’s!
The blast area is large and divers’ can easily envision the explosion and the speed at which she sank.  Her large propeller and the guns at her stern are still intact.

The journey to the SS Thistlegorm requires an early start with breakfast also being served on board – adding to the adventure.  The day consists of two dives on the wreck and if time permits – an optional third dive at Ras Mohammed National Park.

Due to the sometimes strong currents this is considered to be a dive for those with experience beyond entry level certification.

Red Sea Wreck Rosalie Moller

Rosalie Moller

The position of the Rosalie Moller was given away when the light from the blast of the SS Thistlegorm lit up the light sky.  The WWII bombers returned to successfully hit the Rosalie Moller but as she was a collier for the fleet carrying a cargo of Welsh Coal and not munitions like her sister ship the Thistlegorm took quite some time to sink and is more or less intact.

The 108m long Rosalie Moller now lays at 50m with her deck at 35m.  Visibility can sometimes be limited and due to this and her depth this wreck can only be dived by the most advanced of divers.

Red Sea Wreck Rosalie Moller Bow

The propeller and rudder are huge and as she is so intact a tour of the outside provides a better dive than actual penetration as due to the silt visibility can become zero.  Officers’ and engineers’ rooms, the dispensary and a medical room are on the deck level, with the captain’s quarters and dining room above.

The marine life on this wreck is simply amazing with the deck being alive with fish.  A great Red Sea Wreck!