Wrecks are diver?s havens. This one is a popular spot requiring more than one dive to take it all in. the Thistlegorm is 114 meters long and full of opportunities for penetration and no-penetration routes. The vessel has two sections with much debris in between. Start with the aft and you will find an anti-aircraft machine gun at 21 meters of depth. (This area is at a 45? angle to the port.) At the stern are other items of interest like a propeller and another gun. They are in good shape for exploring. Just go to the starboard side at the vessel?s deepest part of 30 meters. If you propel forward, you will find hold no. 4 showing the effects of an aerial bomb hit with loads of debris. What?s more, there are remains of two Bren Carrier MKII tanks and other munitions like projectiles. Military buff divers will have found their dreamscape. Continuing on, the main wreck comes into view and hold no. 3 in which coal was stored. You can go further into the wreck or stay on the deck periphery.? The funnel and curved blast roof are above in addition to an area torn up from an explosion. At midships is the bridge superstructure. Swim through to the forward holds from here and you will reach the forward hold (no. 2) that is split into upper and lower levels. Amazingly, you will come across Ford and Bedford Trucks, Morris Jeeps and Motorcycles. Go to the lower level. The upper level inventory includes Bedford Trucks carrying Motorcycles, a Tilling Stevens Truck, Norton Motorcycles and a few sidecars, aircraft spares, rubber boots, and Enfield MK III rifles. Unless your head is spinning, we can also cite two empty trailers, cables and electrical material.
Progressing to the lower level, a diver will enjoy trucks, aircraft engine covers, crates of medicine and additional rifles. You can access the bow from here but you also may want to ascend to the forward deck. Your choice. On the deck are two coal tenders that service hold no. 3. Go portside for a look at the broken main mast that is strewn across it. The loading derricks that collapsed are adjacent as are tank wagons that look like crushed cans. When you come to the bow, stay alert for doorways into the forepeak of the anchor and also the workshop. Large winches beckon. If your vessel knowledge is scant, these are for the anchor chain and are inlets for the air scoops. Note that this is the shallow point of the dive.
|Depth:?Up to 30 meters.||Visibility:?Up to 30 meters.||Around three hours from Sharm el Sheikh, on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.||27? 48′ 47.2104″ N, 33? 55′ 14.916″ E|