As October is the month when the iconic WWII SS Thistlegorm sank, we thought it would be nice to not only honour this wreck but also look at other wrecks in the area. Let’s call it official ‘Wreck Month’. S.S Thistlegorm is perhaps the most famous wreck of them all. She came to rest on the seabed just off Sha’ab Ali on the fateful night of 6th October 1941 when nine lives were lost.
Sharm as a diving destination is known more for its beautiful reefs and diverse fish life than its wrecks. However there are probably more wrecks within easy reach by the Red Sea College daily boats and within recreational dive limits than other destinations.
Dunraven is another wreck lying on the reef of Sha’ab Mahmoud which is easily dived by daily boat. The wreck is a great dive for first time wreck divers as the up-turned hull is easy to navigate and unlike UK and European wrecks there is very little silt to disturb.
The Kormoran is another great shallow wreck dive which is often forgotten. She lies on the outer reef of North Lagoona on Tiran Island, one of the most spectacular aspects of this wreck is the abundance of hard coral formations around her.
Just on the opposite side of the channel is the Million Hope, which in good weather conditions is nice to explore. Access can be difficult due to the strong winds and surface current. Sometimes it is only possible to dive her from a Zodiac.
If you have a passion for wreck diving then the next step is booking a liveaboard like our luxury VIPOne and going to the small reef of Abu Nuhas. This reef over the decades has become a major shipping hazard as no less than five large wrecks have hit it and come to their demise. Do you think you know your Red Sea wrecks? Check out our Facebook page and see if you can identify our series of wreck photos. For more information on wreck and reef diving email firstname.lastname@example.org for both daily and liveaboard diving.