Friday, September 24

Browsing: Wreck Blog

This is not actually a shipwreck. These are two LMS Stanier 8F Locomotive engines that are associated with the better, well known wreck of the Thistlegorm. The Stanier 8F locomotive engines are more formally known as London Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway 8F class 2-8-0’s. There were 852 of these locomotives built between 1935 and 1946 as a freight version based on William Stanier’s design known as the Black Five. When the Thistlegorm was bombed and sunk on 06 October 1941, the ship sank in 30-32 meters of water. Either the force of the bombs which sank the ship exploding, or as a result of the sinking itself, the two locomotives became…

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A favourite for many Red Sea wreck divers, the Rosalie Moller was a 3,963 GRT Cargo Ship originally built as the Francis at Barclay Curle & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. The ship arrived at the lower end of the Gulf of Suez on 06 October 1941 and was directed to moor at Safe Anchorage “H” to await her turn to head north to transit the Suez Canal.The “Safe” Anchorages, up until this date, had been considered safe because enemy aircraft had not been able to venture this far south from airbases located in the northern Mediterranean. However, the Germans had just mastered the art of night flying and…

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The S.S. Numidia was built as a steam cargo ship of 6,399 GRT at D. & W. Henderson & Co., Ltd., Meadowside Shipyard (Yard No. 419, No. 85 Castlebank Street, Glasgow, Scotland, for the Anchor Line Ltd. She ran aground on the northern plateau of Big Brothers on 20th July 1901. Rushing to the Bridge, the Captain found that not only had the ship run aground on Big Brothers, but that his ship was lying almost directly below the lighthouse! The Captain and crew spent the next two hours attempting to back the ship off of the island to no avail, at which…

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One for the deep technical divers, The Maidan was a “Steel Screw” Steam Cargo Ship of 8,205 GRT built at W. Hamilton & Co. (Glen Yard No. 231), Glasgow, Scotland in 1912 for T & J Brocklebank, Liverpool, London. During the early years of WWI, the Maidan was requisitioned for use by the Ministry of War Transport (MOWT) as a troop transport. She carried the Liverpool Scottish Regiment and the Queen’s Westminster Riflesinfantry battalions from Southampton on 01 November 1914 and delivered them to Le Havre on 03 November. These battalions were among the first infantry battalions to be landed in France. She was discovered in 2003…

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The Maria Schröder began life as the Rolf Jarl, a 1,917 GRT steam powered cargo ship of the “three-island” style built at Trondhjems Mekaniske Værksted (Yard No. 174), Trondheim, Norway On 11 April 1956, while en route from Aqaba, Jordan to West Germany, the ship ran aground on a reef at Nabq. Attempts to refloat the ship were unsuccessful and she was declared a total constructive loss. Learn more about diving the Maria Schröder at: http://dive.im/MariaSchröder

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The Million Hope was a Bulk Cargo Carrier of 16,339 GRT built at Koyo Dockyard, Mihara-Hiroshima, Japan. Originally named the Ryusei Maru upon her being launched on 10 June 1972. Early on the morning of 20 June 1996, the ship ran aground on the inshore reef near Naqb which is located a few miles north of Sharm EL-Sheikh. The reason for the ship’s grounding varies between a fire occurring in the ship’s superstructure, a combination of high speed in low visibility conditions, or a combination of both, depending on which version of the incident one reads. However, there is evidence of there having been…

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The HMS Myngs (later the El Qahar) originally began life as a 1,830 GRT Destroyer of the British Navy. She was built at the Naval Yard of Armstrong Whitworth, High Walker Yard No. 53, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle, UK. The ship’s keel was laid 27 May 1942, she was launched 31 May 1943, and completed 23 June 1944 as Flotilla Leader. While at anchor at Ras Banas near Port Berenice on 16 May 1970, the ship was attacked by an Israeli air wing consisting of French-built Dassault Mirage aircraft. The El Qahar was able to fend off multiple attacks while at the same time…

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The Lara began life as the 7,103 GRT refrigerated cargo ship Nopal Trader launched 11 September 1956 In November 1982, the Lara was southbound through the Straits of Tiran and ran hard aground on the northern side of Jackson Reef  where she still remains today. It has been long suspected that the ship was intentionally grounded as part of an insurance scam, however, this has never been proven. The ship was declared a constructive total loss and remained aground on the reef ever since. There are rumours that someone remained onboard the ship for the next 2 years leading to even more rumours of drug smuggling.…

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The M/T Laura Security was built in 1956 as the 486 GRT. cargo ship Baltica On 22 April 1983 the Laura Security was bound to Ras Shukhier from Suez with a cargo of fuel oil when she ran aground and was stranded off of Ras Shukhier. She was written off as a total constructive loss. The Laura Security sits in shallow water close to Ras Shukier with her superstructure standing above the surface. Her main deck is at 6 meters complete with all of her deck equipment, hatches, handrails, winches, etc. Sections of hull plating have fallen away from the wreck making penetration into the foc’sle and…

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The Loullia was a 2,479 GRT motor bulk carrier which began life as the Antonina launched on 6th May 1952.  On 29 September 1981, while sailing in ballast from Aqaba, Jordan to Suez, the Loullia ran aground on the northern edge of Gordon Reef in the Straits of Tiran. The crew remained onboard and unsuccessfully attempted to refloat the ship. The ship was abandoned on 02 October and declared a total constructive loss. It is rumoured that for many years afterwards, that the wreck was used as a base for drug dealers operating out of the Straits of Tiran. Learn more about the Loullia at: http://dive.im/Loullia

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