Saturday, February 27

Browsing: Red Sea Wrecks – B

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!

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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…

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The Belina is a small steel shipwreck (either a coaster or live-aboard dive safari boat) located just of the beach of the harbor in Hurghada. Not much information to be found on this wreck except that its mast, which breaks the surface of the water, is used by local dive boats to tie off too. Diving Information Not a particularly exciting wreck to dive, the bow is located only a couple of meters down, with the rest of the wreck sitting on a sandy bottom at between 8 and 9 meters. As it is located near shore and in the harbor, visibility…

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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 Diving Information The wreck lies at…

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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. Diving Information The wreck sits upright on a sandy bottom in 12 meters…

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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. References: http://www.gwpda.org/naval/fdzz0001.htm “History of the Italian-Turkish War” http://www.turkeyswar.com/navy/fleet.htm Miramar Single…

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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…

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