Friday, September 24

Browsing: Wreck Blog

The Khanka, also known as the “Russian Wreck”, is the wreck of a Russian spy ship. Being a spy ship, there is of course, not much information publicly available on it. The ship in question here has an “SSV” designation (Sudno Svyazyy, or communications vessel) located on its hull which positively identifies it as a MOMA (Project 861M) Class ship, a modified 861-class survey/bouy tender. It is believed, but yet to be proven, that it is the wreck of the Khanka which is listed at the Miramar website as being lost prior to 01 July 1982, but the ship details do not match this ship type. The wreck…

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The Kimon M was originally built as the 3,694 GRT Refrigerated Motor Freighter Brunsbuttel Byelourus II at the H.C. Stulcken & Sohn Shipyard (Yard No. 770), Steinwerder, Hamburg, Germany and launched on 11th February 1952. On 12th December 1978 she struck the northeast corner of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef while steaming south at full speed.With the ship moving at full speed when she struck the reef, she remained hard aground for several days afterwards allowing partial salvage of the ship’s cargo. As the ship remained on top of the reef, the winds and currents eventually took their toll, pushing the ship over onto its starboard…

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The Kingston was an “iron screw steamer” of 1,436 or 1,448 GRT built at Oswald Shipbuilding, Pallion, Sunderland. She was launched 16 February 1871 with a length of 78 meters, 10 meters in beam, and 6 meters in draught. In the diving world of the Red Sea, this ship was known as the Sara H for a long time before she was positively identified as being the wreck of the Kingston (The name Sarah H being the name of a local divemaster many years ago). The wreck now lies completely upright at the base of Shag Rock with the stern at approximately 17 meters and leading up to the…

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The Hamada was a small cargo ship of 654 GRT launched on 15th March 1965. There are different versions of the Hamada’s loss. One report indicates that she caught fire and sank in deep water. The P & O file states that the ship struck an “submerged object” in heavy weather at position 24.42N/35.25E off of Ras Banas while en route on 28 June 1993 from Jeddah to Suez and subsequently foundered. What is known for sure is that the ship is now located in 14-meters of water at Abu Gosoon reef. Learn more about diving this wreck at: http://dive.im/TheHamada

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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. 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. She was supposed to located at a depth of 30m but unfortunately this did not go to plan and she was sunk in the wrong place and now rests at at dept of 46m. Learn more about diving this wreck at: http://dive.im/HebatAllah

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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 in 1944. On 3rd September 1970 she struck the reef at Nabq, a few miles north of Sharm El Sheikh and became stranded. Several attempts to refloat here were undertaken without success and she finally slipped into the water to a depth of 24m. She now actually lies under a much bigger wreck which struck the reef in the same place (the Million Hope). Learn more at:  http://dive.im/HeyDaroma

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The Giannis D was a cargo ship of 2,992 GRT originally built as the Shoyo Maru at Kuryshima Dock Company of Imabari, Japan and completed in September of 1969. A favorite of many Red Sea Wreck Divers, the Giannis D struck the reef at Abu Nuhas on 19th April 1983. After sitting on top of the reef for several weeks she finally slipped into the water and now rests between 10m and 28m. Read more about this great wreck at: http://dive.im/GiannisD

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The Gulf Fleet No. 31 was an Offshore Supply Vessel of 294 GRT built at Quality Equipment Co. (Yard No. 147), Houma, Louisiana, USA for the Gulf Fleet Marine Company, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. It is believed that the ship hit the reef of north-east tip of Shaabruhr Umm Gamar, the crew abandoning the ship, where it remained sitting atop the reef for a few weeks before dropping over the edge and descending to where she lies now at a maximum depth of 108m. Read the full details of Gulf Fleet 31 at: http://dive.im/GulfFleet31

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The EL Minya, (also called EL Mina, El Minia, El Miniya or EL Miniaya) began life as a Russian built Soviet era T-43 class minesweeper. This class of minesweeper was built for the Soviet navy in the late 1940’s through to the end of the 1950’s. There were 178 ship of the class built at shipyards at Leningrad, Kerch, in Poland, and modified under license in China. 44 of these ships were exported to various countries over the years, with Egypt receiving 7 of them. The El Minya came to quite an exciting end in Hurghada Harbour on 6th February 1970 and is now…

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The Elliot was a cargo ship, originally named the ASK launched in June 1962. In 1973 the ship was renamed Zepmare and renamed again in 1974 as the Jutland (Miramar incorrectly spelled this name as Juetland on their website). Sometime afterwards, the ship was sold to the Ugars Marine Co., Panama, and in 1980 was renamed the Elliot. On 11 July 1984, the ship was steaming south in the Gulf of Suez with a 3500 ton cargo of chickpeas when she struck the reef just north of Ras Dib. The ship then sank in approximately 10-meters of water. No loss of life reported. Read more about diving…

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