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Scuba Saturday – The SS Thistlegorm Wreck 31/08/15

On a recent trip to the Red Sea we spent a week on board the VIP One Liveaboard Luxury Motor Yacht (more about the boat later).  One of our first dives of the trip was on the Thistlegorm Wreck.  I’ve dived on this wreck several times, the first being in 2002, so it’s been interesting to see the changes to the wreck since then.  Below is a diagram of the boat as it looks on the ocean floor.

Thistlegorm

Thistlegorm

The Thistlegorm was a British Transport Ship built in 1940.  In October 1941 it was on it’s way back from Cape Town loaded with material for the British Troops in North Africa, when it was attacked by German Bombers.  It lay at the bottom of the ocean at a depth of 16-33metres for 15 years until it was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1956.

When I dived it this year, the current was quite strong and visibility was not great, so this reflected in my photography :-(.  I nearly didn’t make this dive as the hose on my regulator started leaking, just as I was about to get into the water.  The boat crew were excellent in sourcing a new regulator for me which also leaked, frustration was setting in; however third time lucky, another regulator and I was finally in the water.  It later turned out that an ‘O’ ring had gone in my gauge, a simple fix and I was operational again on the next dive.

Being on the liveaboard and with no time-constraints we were able to time our dive so that we had the wreck practically to ourselves.

 

All ok

Husband giving the “All ok”

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Anti Aircraft Gun

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Looking down onto the stern

Diver and the gun

Diver and the gun

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I don’t know what was creating the bubbles, but I liked the effect.

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Side view of the stern

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Opposite view of the stern

Mangled metal

Mangled metal

There was plenty of life around the wreck but due to the currents I was finding it difficult to capture any decent shots.  However I managed to find a little Wart Slug that was a very willing model.

Pustulose Wart Slug

Pustulose Wart Slug

MY DIVE INFORMATION

Dive start time – 12:39

Dive duration – 34 minutes

Maximum Depth – 27.10 metres

Water Temperature – 26 degrees celcius

Thankyou for spending the time to read my post, have a wonderful day and please come back soon.  

 

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4 responses »

  1. You are very “gutsy” to dive to a shipwreck/ Nice photos.

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    • I’m not as gutsy as some Yvonne, I will generally only dive on the outside, I freak out if I go inside, unless I can see an opening. Glad you like my photos, it’s a whole new challenge underwater and I’m still getting to grips with it.

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  2. I have never tried scuba diving. Even looking at your photos I am a little nervous. I snorkel whenever I can and used to teach swimming so I’m not sure what it is that scares me about it. Perhaps I should push myself out of the comfort zone as I am always preaching ot everyone else!

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  3. This looks awesome! Must be so exciting doing dives around ship wrecks. I have never tried diving, have thought about trying it but learning and keeping control of all the equipment seems a bit intimidating

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