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'