The Jolanda was a Cargo Ship of 1,153 GRT which was built at Juliana Constructora Gijonesa SA, Gijon, Spain (Yard No. 135). She was launched in August 1963 and completed in 1964. At the time of her completion, the ship was registered under the South African flag (company unknown).
The Jolanda was 74.8 meters in length, 10.8 meters in beam, with propulsion being provided by a single diesel engine and shaft.
At the time of her loss, the ship was registered in Cyprus and was possibly in the service of Sea Brothers Marine Shipping Co., Ltd. On 01 April 1980, the ship was en route from Piraeus to Aqaba in rough weather with a cargo of ceramics (bath tubs, toilets, sinks, etc.), aluminum, plastic sheeting, and containers of general cargo. Additionally, there was onboard, a BMW 320 automobile which is supposed to have belonged to the ship’s captain.
The ship ran hard aground on the tip a reef at the southern end of Ras Mohamed National Park at position 27.43.30N/34.15.00E. After being stuck on the reef for 4 days, the ship rolled over onto her port side and sank, her stern hanging over a ledge that leads into deeper water. Here the ship stayed for a number of years, continuing to roll over until she was nearly completely capsized. In 1985, the ship finally dropped off the ledge of the reef and slid into the deep, only leaving behind remnants of her cargo, the BMW, and various scraps of metal from the ship.
The remains of the ship lie at around 160 meters below the ledge at Yolanda Reef and approximately 130 meters away from the reef itself. The wreck was found in December 2005 by deep divers Leigh Cunningham and Mark Andrews while training for a deep scuba dive record. Then, on 01 May 2007, Nina Preisner of Ocean Tec, dove on the wreck making it to the foc’sle and identifying various parts of the vessel. Consequently, she set a world record for depth on scuba by a woman as well!