|Wrecks and Reefs of the Red Sea
Aboard the Red Sea Aggressor ll
Sailing out of Hurghada to the Gulf of Suez, then to Sinai Peninsula and on to
the Reefs of Tiran in the gulf of Aqaba and back again.
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Our first wreck was the Bluff Point Barge. No one is sure where it came from, but locals believe it was
being towed at night and came loose, drifted onto this reef and sank in 1973 during the Arab - Israeli war.
|Marine life around the Barge include this
Masked Puffer Fish.
White Edged Soldier Fish
White Stone Fish
Pleurobranchs - (Foot long relative of the nudibranch)
The Dunraven was a British ship bound for India, ran into a reef and sank in 1876.
What's left of the steam boiler.
Glass Fish fill most of the interior.
Freckled Hawk Fish
Motled Moray Eel
Green Sea Turtle
Red Sea Banner Fish
Red Sea Anemone Fish
|We did not dive this wreck. Its captain drove it onto the reef with no cargo and very little fuel trying to collect the insurance in the mid 90s.
That is a falcon in the photo on the right.
About all that is left of the Yolanda, (Jolanda), is its cargo of porcelain fixtures. Also aboard was port wine when it sank in 1985.
Spotted Eagle Ray
Red Sea Banner Fish
Blue Spotted Sting Ray
Masked Butterfly Fish
Chromodoris Quadricolor Nudibranch
The SS Thistlegorm is probably the most famous wreck in the Red Sea. A British supply ship, disguised as an ordinary merchant ship, was at
anchor waiting for passage through the Suez Canal in November 1941. German bombers, failing to find the QE 2, needed to unload weight to
save fuel for the return to base. A single bomb hit the stored munitions and the resulting explosion tore a huge hole near the stern. Except
for the stern, the Thistlegorm sits nearly upright in 100 feet of water, the holds are wide open and easily penetrated by divers.
The propeller at the stern, laying on its side.
Stairs to the upper decks
Winches on the deck
Several different kinds of trucks and transports filled the holds.
Many trucks were loaded with motorcycles, others had generators, aircraft parts, rifles, clothing and other suipplies
BSA and Norton motorcycles were stacked everywhere and in quite good condition given nearly 80 years of sitting in salt water.
A Stone fish and a Crocodile fish
make the Thistlegorm their home.
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|Photos of a side trip to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut,
the Temple of Karnak, the Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and more can be seen HERE.