The "Fred Scamaroni" / Salem Express at The Red Sea Wreck Project

Featured Red Sea Wreck – The Salem Express

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The "Fred Scamaroni" / Salem Express at The Red Sea Wreck Project
The “Fred Scamaroni”

The Salem Express was a 4,471 GRT Roll On/Roll Off (RO/RO) Passenger ferry originally named the Fred Scamaroni built at Forges & Ateliers et Chantiers de Mediterranee (Yard No. 1367), La Seyne, France.

The Salem Express is possibly one of the most well known wrecks of the Red Sea and is also one of it’s most controversial when it comes to diving as the sinking cause the loss of up to 1600 lives (reports vary), of which only 850 were recovered.

She now lies on her starboard side in 32 meters of water. At the bow the ship’s anchors are still in position and the bow door, which allowed water into the car deck, is still in the open position.

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