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Diving the thistlegorm

SS. Thistlegorm

The SS Thistlegorm was a British merchant navy ship that was sunk by German bombers during World War

  • 190 euros

Service Description

The SS Thistlegorm was a British cargo steamship built in North East England in 1940. It was sunk by German bomber aircraft in the Red Sea in 1941, and its wreck near Ras Muhammad The body’s blood runs slow and deep at 4 am. Outside it’s cold and dark and the sun will not show itself for another couple of hours. Most people, the sensible ones at least, are still in bed, wrapped in their duvets, wrapped in the arms of loved ones, wrapped in the bliss of sleep and dreams. And yet across Sharm, numerous guests are shuffling bleary-eyed to their hotels lobbies, breakfast boxes in hand and the feeling that somewhere someone is having a laugh at their expense. Why are people forsaking their beauty sleep and the warmth of their beds then? Easy. To dive the SS Thistlegorm. Laying at 30 meters in the Strait of Gubal and forty kilometers as the crow flies from Sharm el-Sheikh (hence the early start), this British merchant navy ship has become, in a relatively short time, an icon of diving in the Red Sea, and is without doubt Egypt’s most famous wreck, if not one of the world’s most famous. A Short History The Thistlegorm belonged to the Albyn Line Company, a Scottish shipping company. The Albyn Line launched a total of 18 ships in their Thistle series (the thistle is the national flower of Scotland and the reason why the Albyn Line took the thistle as their company’s logo) and each was given a Gaelic suffix such as the Thistleroy (Roy meaning red) and Thistlegorm (gorm meaning blue). Launched on 9th April 1940, this three-cylinder, triple expansion steamship, capable of reaching an output of 1,850 Hp and an approximate speed of 10.5 knots was assigned transport duties of war materials for the Allied Forces at the beginning of World War II. To protect herself from attacks, she was fitted with a 4.7-inch light anti-aircraft gun and a 40 mm machine gun. In May 1941, the Thistlegorm, with a crew of 39 men under the command of Captain William Ellis, left the port of Glasgow in Scotland and headed toward Alexandria in Egypt as part of a 16-ship convoy taking much-needed supplies to the British 8th Army stationed in Egypt and eastern Libya (at the time known as Cyrenaica). Prior to this voyage, the Thistlegorm had successfully completed three journeys (to the U.S., Argentina, and Antilles respectively) but this voyage would prove to be her last and final voyage. Note: The Price on the home page is in addition to the daily diving rate.

Cancellation Policy

Please read the following information if you want to make a reservation: A credit card must be used to SECURE any reservations (MasterCard or Visa). Red Sea Marine won't charge your card unless cancellation fees are involved. There is no fee if you cancel up to 72 hours before the scheduled arrival date. If you cancel later or fail to show up, you will be charged the full price of the first night and the first dive day. Once you get here, you can be charged a €10 cancellation fee if you change your mind about going diving after 4 p.m. the day before. You can contact us by phone or email to provide your information (card number, name of cardholder, and expiration date). We will fully confirm your reservation as soon as we receive your information. You are more than welcome to pay for all services in cash when you visit us in Euros, Egyptian Pounds, US Dollars, or Sterling. There is a 3% extra if you want to pay with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa). SAFARIS LIVEABOARD DIVE We ask for a 50% deposit for liveaboard dive safari reservations, which is due four weeks before the departure date. Charges for liveaboard diving vacations 25% of the reserved service is due four weeks before arrival. 50% of the reserved service is due two weeks before arrival. NO SHOW: All payments for the services reserved Please keep in mind that we need the following information from all of our liveaboard divers at least two days before departure: When it comes to booking liveaboard services, Unless otherwise specified, all prices are in EURO €. A 3% surcharge is applied to credit card payments. Prices are subject to change without notice. By making a reservation with us, you agree to the terms and conditions listed above. You also agree to the storage of your data under the terms of our Privacy Policy. You have the right to request its removal at any time.

Contact Details

  • Red Sea Marine Diving Center, Al Motelat, Sharm Al Shiekh, Egypt


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