Wednesday, December 8

Browsing: Red Sea Wreck Diving Sites – H

The Hey Daroma was a passenger/cargo ship of 1,736 GRT built at Androssan Dockyard (Yard No. 393), Glasgow, Scotland, as the Lairds Loch for Burns & Laird Lines, Ltd., Glasgow. Launched 09 March 1944 and completed the following August, she was 275 feet in length, 41.2 feet in beam, and 12.1 feet in draught. Propulsion was provided by two 8-cylinder Atlas Polar M48M diesel engines (direct reversing) which provided a single shaft and propeller with 2,560 bhp for a speed of 13 knots. The ship’s engines were provided by British Auxiliaries Ltd., Glasgow. The ship had accommodations to carry a few hundred passengers, with…

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The Hebat Allah was a small cargo ship of 494 GRT built for the Egyptian Government at Breheret Ets., Ingrandes, France in 1985. When launched, she was 44.5 meters in length and 8.5 meters in beam, with diesel engines and a single propeller for a speed of 8 knots. The Hebat Allah was intentionally sunk on 07 November 2004 between between the Giftun Island and Gota Abu Ramada in the El Arouk Giftun area as Egypt’s first artificial reef. The idea behind the sinking was to relieve some of the pressure from dive tourism from some of the other popular dive sites in the…

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The Hatour was a local live-aboard dive/safari boat which sank at the eastern end of Sha’ab Shear reef in late November 2001. As the story goes, the Hatour was en route to meet another boat at Abu Kafan when she struck the Abu Kafan reef and began taking on water. The Hatour was put in tow by another vessel in an attempt to get her into an area with shallow water. The nearest place to this was the Sha’ab Shear Reef, where passengers, crew, and equipment were taken off of the vessel, which subsequently sank in 16 meters of water. Over the next few months the…

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The Hamada was a small cargo ship of 654 GRT built at John Lewis & Sons Ltd.(Yard No. 347), Aberdeen, UK for the P & O subsidiary company General Steam Navigation Co., Ltd. The ship was launched on 15 March 1965 as the Avocet (Registry No. 651078) and was completed on 12 June of that same year with a length of 65.10 meters, beam of 11.07 meters, and draught of 4.05 meters. Propulsion was provided by a single 1,470 bhp MN17 type diesel manufactured by British Polar Engine Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland, and a single propeller for a speed of 12.5 knots. From the time…

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Not much information concerning this ship. And what information that we have been able to locate to date is mostly conflicting information. One source states that the wreck is located at Ras Honkorab near the Egyptian-Sudan border after running aground and sinking in 10-30 meters of water in 1970. Also that the bell of the Mataura was located by divers and hidden inside the vessel. Other sources state that the wreck was 326 long and ran aground in at Ras Banas and sank 25 February 1970. And yet another source indicates that the wreck lies off of Bodkin Reef in 12-25 meters…

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