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Dive at Thistlegorm Wreck (Gubal Strait)

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    Diving on a wreck is a truly exciting experience, because floating among apparently inanimate sheets of metal one cannot help but imagine the story of the submerged vessel.
    In the north of the Red Sea, at a distance of 19 miles from Ras Mohammed and 31 from Sharm El-Sheikh, lies a wreck exceptional in its completeness and richness.
    And the Thistlegorm, one of the most famous underwater sites in the world, an extraordinary place that has transformed a painful page of history into an oasis of marine life.

    The Thistlegorm it was a transport ship flying the English flag that supplied the British army engaged in the North African campaign.
    In order to reach the armies stationed in Egypt and Cyrenaica (today's Libya), the ship had to circumnavigate the African continent because the Mediterranean was controlled by German forces.

    Once on the Red Sea the cargo received the order to anchor in the Gubal Strait waiting to be able to cross the Suez Canal, temporarily blocked by a ship that had hit a German mine. But on the night between 5 and 6 October 1941 two German bombers coming from the Crete air base spotted him and attacked him. The explosion was also very violent because one of the two bombs hit the ammunition hold; the ship broke into two sections and quickly sank onto a sandy bottom 30 meters deep at 1.30am on 6 October 1941.
    Part of the crew was rescued, but 9 men died that tragic night.

    The exploration of the wreck is generally carried out with two dives: The first dive is dedicated to a general external visit, the second to exploring the holds.

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