Saturday, February 27

Browsing: Red Sea Wrecks – P

The Pride of Al Salam 95 was a passenger RO/RO ship of 4,981 GRT built as the Free Enterprise VI at the I.C.H. Holland, Werf Gusto Yard (Yard No. 881), Schiedam, Holland for the European Ferries Group (Townsend-Thoreson). The ship was launched on 29 January 1972 and completed on 15 June with a length of 117.5 meters, beam of 19.5 meters, and draught of 5.2 meters. Propulsion was provided by 3 shafts driven by Werkspoor 8TM410 diesel engines which gave the ship a top speed of 22 knots. As originally built, she could carry 1,132 passengers, sleeping accommodations for 68 1st-Class passengers, and could…

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Not much is known about the ship at this time. The Poliagos was a 3,371 GRT cargo ship which was carrying a cargo of 5,000 tons of cement. While steaming through the Red Sea, on 28 December 1980, while avoiding a collision with another ship, the Poliagos is believed to have struck the north side of Shadwan Reef and subsequently sank. More research is ongoing! References: http://www.touregypt.net/VDC/miscegyptwrecks.htm

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The M/V Patra was originally built as the 3895 GRT passenger ship Kronprins Frederik (sometimes referred to as the “Crown Prince Frederik”) at A/S Helsingør Jernskibs og Maskinbyggeri, Elsinore, Denmark (Yard No. 262) for the Danish shipping company of Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (DFDS). The ship was ordered on 11 January 1939 and her keel was laid on 14 November of that year. The ship was launched on 20 June 1940 with a length of 114.48 meters, beam of 15.2 meters, and draft of 5.66 meters. The ship was completed on 25 May 1941, towed to Copenhagen on 06 June 1941 and delivered to the…

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