North – SS Turkia

North – SS Turkia

Itinerary Highlights

  • The SS Turkia was built by Earles Shipbuilding and Engeneering Co. in Hall (England) in 1909. The steam cargo ship named Livorno before with a length of 91m and width of 13m and 1671 tons was used for a variety of trade routes in England and North Europe. Between 1920 and 1935 the ship was sold to Greece and they named it SS Turkia. In May 1941 the SS Turkia was on its way from New York to Piräus. The government cargo included explosives, gyres, coils of wire, ingots, vehicles and firearms. Close to the Channel of Suez it sunk cause of two different stories: fire on board and/or hit by a bomb. In a depth between 10m and 24m, full of soft and hard corals, it is a great experience for divers to discover the wreck from outside and inside.

Dive sites in this itinerary

  • SS Thistlegorm

    The Thistlegorm, on the west coast of the Sinai Peninsula and 40 km from Sharm El Sheikh, is the best known and most popular wreck dive in the Red Sea. The 125m long British army freighter sank after just 18 months of her launch in April 1940. Her last voyage commenced on the 2nd of June 1941 as she sailed to Alexandria and was loaded with wartime supplies during World War II. A long list of inventory includes armored tracked vehicles, aircraft, armored vehicles, Jeeps and Bedford trucks. In spite of being privately owned and operated, the HMS Thistlegorm was nevertheless fitted with a 4" anti-aircraft gun and a heavy caliber machine gun when she was drafted for war duty. But it was never to be. In the early hours of 6th October 1941 the Thistlegorm was split in 2 and sank almost instantly after being hit by 2 bombs from a German long range bomber. The hit only blew a hole in the port side of hold no. 5 but then cargo tank ammunition ignited, causing the bulk of the damage.

  • Ras Mohammed

    The marine park Ras Mohamed offers dreamlike diving spots. For example SHARK REEF and YOLANDA REEF. Both reefs are standing on a plateau, which is between 10 m to 20 m deep. The edges of the plateau fall down to more than 200 m. At the reef you will find nice hard and soft corals, plenty of fish in all kind of sizes. With luck you can see sharks during your early morning dive. At Yolanda Reef you can see the cargo of a Cypriot freighter YOLANDA which ran aground in 1980. Loaded with sanitary equipment, toilet bowls and bathtubs, the YOLANDA was on its way to Aqaba. Storms caused the wreck to slide into the depths of the sea, but large parts of the cargo are still scattered around the reef and beautifully overgrown, making it a popular photo spot.

  • Abu Nuhas

    The reef at Abu Nuhas is famous for wrecks. There are 4 wrecks, which are today an attraction point for divers all around the world. For example the Greek cargo ship GIANNIS D, which ran aground the reef on 19th April 1984 and sank a short time afterwards. It is now lying in a maximum depth of 27 m and is overgrown with hard- and soft corals. The ship cracked down in the middle. The better part of the two halves is the stern section. Here it is easy to dive inside the wreck, because there are a lot of entry and exit points. Because the wreck is leaning on a 45° angle you will find yourself swimming up a stairwell which your mind tells you are heading down. This effect is very special. The steamship CARNATIC struck the reef in September 1869. She sank the following day as the weather worsened.

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