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Thistlegorm Wreck

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Wreck of the Thistlegorm

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Thistlegorm wreck
Thistlegorm is Gaelic for Blue Thistle. In 1941 the British vessel was carrying a cargo of war supplies: rifles, motor bikes, train carriages and trucks. It was attacked from the air while anchoring and hit by a German bomb on the port side. This hit ignited the cargo tank ammunition, the explosion ripped a huge hole in the hull and the vessel sunk.
The big wreck, 126 meters long, is the most famous and impressive in the Red Sea. The stern lies on its port side, separated by the damaged part of the hull. The main body is standing upright on the sandy ground in ~30m depth.
The stern guns and the cargo (trucks, motor bikes etc.) in the hold are still in good condition.
The marine life around the wreck is really impressive. Big schools of barracudas, tunas and trevallies surround the superstructures and chase fusiliers. Frequently huge napoleons pass by and down the stern, close to the huge propeller big groupers can often be seen.
The currents can be strong, sometimes in different directions at the surface and at the wreck.

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