This shipwreck is on the Peter Collings dive itinerary and we have been unable to locate any information on this vessel at all. There is an account of diving on the wreck, which lies north of Hurghada in 12 meters of water with a crane aft and a cargo of plastic granules at the www.deeplens.com site. Sounds like a fun little wreck to dive!
The Bertram Rickmers was a 4,188 GRT Cargo Ship built at Norddeutsche Werfte (Yard No. 192), Bremerhaven, Germany (now known as the Germania Shipbuilding and Engineering Company), for the Rickmers Linie, Hamburg, Germany.
The ship was launched 16 February 1923 and completed two months later on 14 May with a length of 112.1 meters, beam of 15.1 meters, with a single triple-expansion engine and single shaft for a maximum speed of 12 knots.
At the outbreak of WWII, ships of the Rickmers Linie which were in service between Europe and Asia were being confiscated by Allied Forces, or were being chartered out to Japan. The Bertram Rickmers was at Massawa, Eritrea, either trapped by the war, or assisting the Italian forces there. On 30 March 1941, the ship left Massawa and sailed for the Indian Ocean, attempting to bypass the British blockade of the port. TheBertram Rickmers was intercepted by the HMS Kandahar approximately 60 miles southwest of Massawa. The ship’s crew then intentionally scuttled the ship in order to prevent her from falling into British hands.
One source states that the ship was scuttled near Kordumu’it Island, Ethiopia, which is approximately 155 miles southwest of Massawa. Another source states that the ship was intercepted in the Straits of Perim, which is almost 300 miles southwest of Massawa.
Miramar Single Ship Report for 5606013
The World’s Merchant Fleets, 1939, (By Roger Jordan)
Virtually nothing is known about the Barge at Bluff Point, sometimes also called the Gubal Barge. Local rumour states that it was sank during the Arab-Israeli war in 1973, it was a barge lost in tow, or might be the remains of a dive charter boat. What is known is that the vessel, or barge, was of steel construction and was approximately 35 meters long and 6 meters wide. Rik Vercoe’s drawing of the wreck site here shows the site’s layout. Located at 27°40’07″N; 33°48’32″E in 14 meters of water, this is a wreck on the recreational dive tours
The wreck lies at Bluff Point (hence the name) on the eastern side of Gubal Island in 14 meters of water along the point’s wall. There is not much left of the wreck itself, no superstructure or major hull sections. The sidewalls of the hull have caved in to the interior area where the bottom is covered with a dark grainy sand. The attraction of this as a dive site is that it makes for a wonderful night dive with a wide variety of marine life hiding out in the nooks and crannies of the wreck. A first dive during daylight hours is recommended in order to gain familiarity with the site. Aquatic life to see ranges from the occasional dolphins and turtles during the day, moray eels, lionfish, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, and octopi. Occasionally there are mild currents which one needs to be aware of, especially at night. This is usually one of those “wreck” dives on a “nothing” wreck which is a really enjoyable dive.
Not much information available on the history of this ship. The Bakr, sometimes pronounced ‘Bahr”, was a 416 GRT survey vessel built in Kiev, Russia, possibly at the Leninskaya Kuznitsa shipyard, with a length of 49 meters. She was built for the United Arab Republic General Petroleum Co. for service in the oil fields located in the Gulf of Suez.
On 14 October 1973, the Bakr was attacked and sunk by missiles fired from Israeli aircraft during the attack to destroy the Egyptian military radar station located at Ras Gharib.
The wreck sits upright on a sandy bottom in 12 meters of water. The hull below the waterline is nearly complete except where she was hit by the Israeli missile that sank her, her superstructure having long since been salvaged. The survey booms are still in place and there are various items of deck equipment to be seen onboard and lying on the bottom around the wreck. The name of the ship is still clearly readable on the bow and stern of the vessel, and the anchor winch is still in place. Access to the wrecks interior is possible. However, there are numerous snag hazards inside.
The Bafra was a 210-213 GRT Gunboat of the Turkish Navy. She was built at Compagnie Schneider et. Cie., Chalon/Saone, France for the Turkish Navy and was built in 1907 and completed in January 1908. She was a steam powered gunboat with her boilers generating 325 NHP for a speed of 13 knots. Armament consisted of 2 “Q” gun mounts with triple barrels and 2 machine gun mounts.
The ship was sunk by gunfire on 07 January 1912 during the Italian-Turkish war at Konfida, Saudi Arabia by the Italian cruiser Piemonte and destroyer Artigliere.
Miramar Single Ship Report for 6103538
The Bacchis was originally built as the 2,494 GRT Cargo Ship Consul Arlt built at Weser Seebeck Schiffwerft, Bremerhaven, Germany, for Preussenlinie Arlt & Co K.G., Bremen, Germany (Managed by Ivers and Arlt). Completed in December of 1950, the ship was 89.3 meters in length, 13.2 meters in beam, with a single triple-expansion engine and single shaft for a speed of 12 knots.
In 1962 the ship was sold to Ferraro Brothers, Callao, Peru, and renamed Consul.
Sold again in 1965 to N. Georgacopoulos, Greece, and renamed Evangelos.
Sold yet again in 1966 to Seamaster’s Sg. Co., Greece (or possibly Cyprus), and renamed Lion of Marathon that same year, renamed Lion of Mykonos in 1969, and then Bacchis in 1975.
The only information found concerning the ship’s loss is that she was lost in 09 August 1977 27.49.36N/33.39E off of Ashrafi Island. Another source states the ship was lost in 1983. Research ongoing.
Miramar Single Ship Report for 5078947