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Red Sea Wrecks
Insider’s Wreck Guide:
Thistlegorm
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the thistlegorm is one of the most famous dive sites in the world Many divers ask what is the best route to follow to get the best of
and has been described many times over as the ultimate wreck the Thistlegorm. But sometimes the answer simply is, ‘your own’.
dive. experienced red sea-based diver and the author of the The allure of this great wreck will often beckon you in many different
definitive guide to the history and story of the thistlegorm wreck, directions and perhaps you may wish to venture where your curiosity
John Kean, starts the insider wreck guide series with a tour on this takes you. others, not wishing to miss a good thing, prefer the guide’s
special sunken structure. choice. however, if you do your homework in advance and read up on
the wreck then you’ll arrive armed with a list of all the top attractions,
In April 2010, the ss Thistlegorm will be 70-years-old – still a relative
youngster compared to some of its red sea counterparts, such as ss The Thistlegorm can be divided into three areas. The outside
dunraven aged 1, the carnatic aged 147 and the Numidia, which perimeter of the ship has recently thrown up a few interesting items
turned 108 this year. of wreckage such as previously unseen sections of railway engines,
masts and decking - a bit ‘off-piste’ and not for the novice because of
diving the Thistlegorm remains a unique red sea experience. For current and depths.
some, the bow is the big attraction as it sits upright pointing out into
the blue as if it were still in business. The stern is also high on the The external structure of Thistlegorm is easy to navigate. It is both
must-see list for new visitors. It is here that you can witness greater a dive in itself and also a nice stop after visiting the deeper or more
detail and a well-preserved area of the wreck. enclosed parts of the wreck. Thistlegorm is 126m long and while
it can be covered in one dive, currents and air consumption may
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