Ghosts of the Thistlegorm - Le fantôme du Thistlegorm Amazing wrecks of Red Sea: Diving 1 day ago   08:10

- The S.S. Thistlegorm was carrying railway cars, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft wings and arms meant for the British Eighth Army when she was sunk on October 6, 1941, only a year after her launch. German planes dropped two bombs on her afterdeck as she waited to pass through the Suez Canal. Almost 15 years later, her shattered hulk had become an underwater garden of life, encrusted with oysters, bryozoans, sponges and corals that sheltered darting, swirling fish.

- Le S.S. Thistlegorm transportait des wagons, camions, motos, ailes d'avion et armes pour la huitième armée britannique lorsqu'il a sombré le 6 octobre 1941, un an seulement après son lancement. Des avions allemands avaient largué deux bombes sur son pont arrière alors qu'il attendait de passer le canal de Suez. Près de 15 ans plus tard, sa coque brisée était devenue un jardin sous-marin incrusté d'huîtres, de bryozoaires, d'éponges et de coraux où évoluait un ballet de poissons.

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Dan Vaught
Man he is really kicking.
где же огромный групер ????????????????????????????????????????
Tim Day
would any of the motorcycles be salvageable?
ahmed Aly
i just wish to know which dive instructor gave the fucking license to this fucking stupid  diver , if i should say diver
Hipolito Miravalles
No se puede ni se debe de tocar nada, ni arrancar coral ni tirar puertas. El submarinismo no es esto.
Una experiencia muy buena, pero un artista demasiado bestia. Si todo el mundo hacemos lo mismo, llegará un día en que no se pueda visitar nada.
menudo Animal arrancando el coral de la campana!!!
@TerryDNo @TerryDNo Uh, mister know-it-all: you do know that Cousteau was a) the guy who invented the regulator and more or less gave start to the scuba diving as is exist today b) was the first one to dive to Thistlegorm and the one who found the wreck? The reason why they aren't wearing BCDs and other stuff is, you know, because they hadn't been invented yet.
Made in 1955 and first released in may 1956. The movie is the legendary "Le Monde du Silence", directed by both Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle. Those images of 1955 were shot a few after the discovery of the ship, discovered by Cousteau himself.
Claudiu Misa
take a look at Video Response! :)
The best video about thistlego available on utub. Unfortunatelly today a lot of stuff disapeared, compare to this video made in 60's I guess...
David Condon
i dived on the thistlegorm 26/3/09 the vis was great , a great dive , one that i shall remember for the rest of my life. david cork Ireland.
this is the best video as i feel it respected the dead .
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Amazing wrecks of Red Sea: Diving Ghosts of the Thistlegorm - Le fantôme du Thistlegorm 1 day ago   13:12

This is Part I of "Diving Thistlegorm" videos. During this dive we explored the cargo rooms and the bow of SS Thistlegorm.

SS Thistlegorm sunk on October 6th, 1941 at 1:39AM. Ship dimensions are: length: 126.50 meters (415 feet), breadth: 17.70 meters (58 feet), and draft: 7.45 meters (24.5 feet).

History: The SS Thistlegorm was built by in Sunderland, England and launched in April 1940. The ship was powered by a triple expansion steam engine rated to 365 hp (272 KW). The ship was classified as an armed freighter, being armed with a 4.7-inch (120mm) anti-aircraft gun and a heavy calibre machine gun attached after construction to the stern of the ship.

The final voyage started from Glasgow on 2 June 1941 destined for Alexandria, Egypt. The vessel's cargo included: Bedford trucks, Universal Carrier armoured vehicles, Norton 16H and BSA motorcycles, Bren guns, cases of ammunition, and 0.303 rifles as well as radio equipment, Wellington boots, aircraft parts, and two LMS Stanier Class 8F steam locomotives.

During September 1941 and German Intelligence, Abwehr, suspected that there was a troop carrier in the area bringing in additional troops. Two Heinkel He-111 aircraft were dispatched from Crete to find and destroy the troop carrier. This search failed but one of the bombers discovered the vessels moored in Safe Anchorage F. Targeting the largest ship they dropped two bombs on the Thistlegorm both of which struck hold 4 near the stern of the ship at 0130 on 6 October.

The bomb and the explosion of some of the ammunition stored in hold 4 led to the sinking of the Thistlegorm with the loss of four sailors and five members of the Royal Navy gun crew.

In the early fifties Jacques-Yves Cousteau discovered her by using information from local fishermen. He raised several items from the wreck, including a motorcycle, the Captain's safe, and the ship's bell.


Location: N 27° 48,849' E 33° 55,222'