Saturday, February 27

Browsing: Red Sea Wrecks – N

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., Glasgow, Scotland. The ship was launched and delivered on 04 February 1901 with a length of 137.4 meters, beam of 16.7 meters and draught of 9.2 meters. Propulsion was provided by a triple-expansion steam engine and a single shaft for a top speed of 12 knots. The Numidia’s maiden voyage was on 28 February 1901 departing from Glasgow under the command of Captain John Craig and sailing…

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The Niger Basin is the name that has been given to the shipwreck located at position 27.59.26.9N/34.27.15.6E. It is believed to have sank in May of 1982. The only reference to a ship named “Niger Basin” that has been found to date is that the ship was originally built as the 8,927 GRT Cargo Ship Tanganyika and was renamed numerous times over the ship’s lifetime, one of those names being the Niger Basin. However, the ship was supposedly broken up at Alang on 28 May 1997 as the Lia P.. So this is most likely not the ship in question.

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Not much information available on this vessel. The Neptuna was supposedly a British minesweeper built at Buckie Shipyard Ltd., Commercial Road, Buckie Banffshire, Scotland, in 1941 which was later converted into a dive charter boat. The date of sinking is put at 29 April 1981 by grounding on the western side of Zabargad Island and is said to be well broken up. No other information found to date.

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