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HMS Thistlegorm - Egypt

HMS Thistlegorm is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located at 27°42’00"N; 34°05’00"E, Egypt. This dive site has an average rating of 4.33 out of 5 from 21 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 101-110ft/31-34m. The average visibility is 61-70ft/19-21m.

The Thistlegorm was discovered in 1956 by Jacques Cousteau and is probably the most famous wreck in the world. It sank in 1941 when it was hit by a German bomb that blew a hole in the port side, igniting tank ammunition that was in the hold. The explosion ripped the roof of the ship backwards, rather like opening a tin of sardines. The stern section of the wreck lies almost horizontal to the sea bed; the remainder of the wreck is nearly upright. Inside the wreckage, tyres, tanks, motorbikes, Bedford trucks, waders and wellington boots can be seen. Penetration is possible around the bridge and blast area. The large prop is still in position and the guns on the stern are in excellent condition. Artillery litters the blast area. A bath tub can be seen towards the bow and a toilet near the stern. The sea life is impressive with possibility of seeing tuna overhead the resident turtle. Expect this to be very busy, especially once the day boats have reached it; it is likely to be chaos both on the surface and under the water.

From SportDiver Planet’s 50 Greatest Dives, #47, A British Merchant Navy ship sunk in 1941, Thistlegorm is one of the most popular sites in the world, visited by hundreds of divers each day. Thistlegorm is most comfortably reached by live-aboard, but day trips run from Sharm El Sheikh. The wreck sits upright at 100 feet on the bottom, with the top at only 40 feet. The real attraction is the wreck’s cargo, which gives a fascinating glimpse of the machinery of war. There are trucks, Jeeps and motorbikes, two locomotives and equipment, including boxes of rifles and rubber boots. Currents can be strong, but inside the holds it’s completely sheltered. For many, Thistlegorm is a poignant dive, a reminder of lives lost during the war. — AM

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ScubaSteve1969 - 9/09/2018 1:27 AM
Rating Added: 5
Amazing dive...
Jamiebruce - 6/24/2017 11:46 PM
Rating Added: 5
A1 dive site, fantastic.
Charnel - 1/06/2016 5:44 AM
Rating Added: 5
Amazing when you see it, it is massive and so clear to see al the items that was left from small to large.
pb1969 - 11/16/2015 3:55 PM
Rating Added: 5
Nice wreck
Gasper - 2/28/2014 3:17 PM
Rating Added: 5
Great trip - departing every THU from Sharm ;)
Hawkeye54 - 1/01/2014 5:18 PM
Rating Added: 5
This dive is INCREDIBLE!!!! Aside from the Red Sea just offering pristine conditions dive after dive, there are so many artifacts, and some real WWII history present on this wreck. :)

It is a MUST if you’re ever in the area!
Doudy - 11/09/2013 1:52 AM
Rating Added: 4
I went on the 72 anniversary, it was amazing !!
topherjones - 4/13/2013 11:30 AM
Rating Added: 3
I went scuba diving here on 6/8/2012. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Beautiful wreck. WAY, WAY, WAY too many divers.
TonyRobertoReed - 2/07/2012 3:46 AM
This Wreck is one of the best if not the best wreck on the planet . Its full of life and there are so many different things to see from the war effort. Unfortunatly being as popular as it is ,the diving is having a serious affect on the ship as sometimes there are 5 -10 livaboards and day boats tied to it causing it to deteriorate a lot quicker than it should. What makes this wreck even better is night diving on it ,The amount of life is unbelievable and the eerieness at night makes your hairs stand up. Truely amazing and a must do for any diver.
Macca - 2/04/2012 10:23 AM
Rating Added: 5
Amazing , around 30m , British WW2 cargo ship
Bogzy - 4/18/2010 4:09 AM

Most beautiful dive site ever

where u took boats from sharm el sheikh or hurgada for 1 day tip or more than a day trip

some times there is a strong current on the way getting down to the ship but when u reach 15m starting on the surface of thistlegorm where u find alot of amazing Army cars, part of plans, Tanks from the world war II and then getting inside the ship and its rooms where there is alot of army stuff u can see + amazing life creatures inside alot alot of fishes lives inside