Top 10 Scuba Dive Sites in the World
SS Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea, Egypt
The SS Thistlegorm set off on her final voyage from Glasgow to Alexandria, Egypt at the height of World War II, in 1941. Her mission was to deliver much needed supplies to the Allied forces. With German and Italian naval and airforce activity in the Mediterranean at the time, SS Thistlegorm had taken the long route to Egypt, travelling down the coast of Africa, refuelling in Cape Town, and then setting off towards the Red Sea. After a collision with one of her escort ships in the Suez Canal, she docked to undertake repairs. While docked, she was located by German bomber forces, and subsequently sunk.
SS Thistlegorm and her cargo never reached Alexandria, and instead ended up lying on the seafloor of the Red Sea, at the entrance to the Suez Canal.
She was sunk, along with all her cargo, which included Bedford trucks, Armoured Vehicles, Norton and BSA motorcycles, bren guns, cases of ammunition, and two Steam Locomotives. The two locomotives – now lying in the Red Sea – were destined for the Egyptian Railways.
In the early fifties, Jacques-Yves Cousteau rediscovered her by using local knowledge passed along from the fishermen of the area.
Today, the SS Thistlegorm provides a fascinating Scuba Dive for the avid wreck diver.
A fantastic dive, with much to explore, the SS Thistlegorm sits in just 30 metres of water, and the upper sections sit only 15 metres below the surface. You’ll probably need several scuba dives to fully explore this wreck and all its cargo.
You can explore the SS Thistlegorm from Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt.
Expect to see: Large shipwreck, Bedford Trucks, Steam Locomotives, Armoured Vehicles, Norton and BSA motorcycles, bren guns, cases of ammunition
Getting there: Fly to Cairo or Eilat, then on to Sharm el Sheikh Airport with EgyptAir. Alternatively you can catch a bus from Cairo (6-8 hrs).
Here are the Top Ten Scuba Diving sites in the world:
- SS Yongala Wreck, Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland, Australia
- Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
- Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysian Borneo
- SS Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea, Egypt
- Great Blue Hole, Belize
- Maaya Thila, Maldives
- Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands, Thailand
- Navy Pier, Exmouth, Australia
- Gordon Rocks, Galapagos, Ecuador
- Tubbataha Reef, Palawan, Phillipines