In 1958 she was lengthed by 6.8 meters with an increase to 1,075 GRT.
Early in the morning on 28 June 1976, while enroute from Aqaba, Jordan to Port Said in ballast, the ship ran hard aground on a reef near Nabq at position 28.03.42N/34.26.36 (or 40)E. The Israeli Navy rescued subsequently rescued the ship’s crew.
The remains of the ship’s bow lies on the reef where she ran aground. However, due to the downward slope of the reef to a depth of around 20-meters, the ship has broken apart into several sections which means she is fairly easy to explore. The stern section and propeller lie in 20-meters of water with the rudder located a short distance away. Access to the engineering space, or engine room, is gained through the aft section of the ship’s superstructure. A section of the superstructure is completely separated from the rest of the wreck and lies atop the ship’s stack in 20-meters on the northern side of the wreck. Really a nice enjoyable non-challenging wreck dive.
For pictures of the wreck, visit www.touregypt.net/vdc/agiavarvara.htm
Miramar Single Ship report for 5426273