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The North Classic itinerary will take you on an incredible adventure, Where we will enjoy a scuba diving safari with our Aphrodite Liveaboard into one of the most famous wrecks in the world, such as the SS Thistlegorm, and the SS Dunraven wreck, In addition to the extraordinary variety of marine life that has formed and grown over the years.
The Thistlegorm is the best-known and most popular wreck dive in the Red Sea. It lies on the west coast of the Sinai Peninsula and 40 km from Sharm El Sheikh,
The Thistlegorm sank after just 18 months after her launch in April 1940.
It was carrying military equipment during World War II, such as Morris cars, Bedford Trucks, motorcycles, spare tank and aircraft parts, grenades, guns, munitions, mines, artillery, and much more that made it one of the best diving sites in the Red Sea.
In the early hours of the 6th of 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 Thistlegorm wreck is one of the best diving sites in the Red Sea. In fact, one of the best diving sites in the world.
The Dunraven, a steam and sail-powered vessel used to transport spices and timber, ran aground the reef Shaab Machmud in March 1876 during a voyage from Bombay to Newcastle and sank quickly.
The ship broke in two, and her two halves came to rest on the sea floor. The wreck lies upside down with the stern at a depth of 28 m and the bow at 18 m.
At the stern, you find the propeller and the rudder, which are overgrown with corals. Inside the wreck, you see thousands of glassfish
You will also enjoy another more than wonderful scuba diving experience in Sharks and Yolanda reef, which is rated as one of the top ten dive sites, not just in the Red Sea but in the world, with wonderful marine life, where the coral reefs are a colorful and great variety.
Divers flock to Yolanda reef to explore the remains of the Yolanda, an old Cypriot cargo ship that ran aground in 1980.
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 tanks, 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 dutyBut 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.
The marine park Ras Mohammed offers dreamlike diving spots. For example Shark Reef and Jolanda Reef. Both reefs are standing on a plateau, which is 20 m deep. The edges of the plateau fall down to more than 200 m. At the reef you will find nice softcorals, fish are plentiful. With luck you can see sharks during your early morning dive. At Jolanda Reef you can see the cargo of a Cypriot freighter “Jolanda” which ran aground in 1980: a large quantity of household toilets!
The Reef at Abu Nuhas is famous for wrecks. There are 4 wrecks here, 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 19 th March 1983 and sank a short time afterwards. It is now lying in a maximum depth of 27 m and is overgrown with hard- and softcorals. 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 disorientating.
The “Dunraven”, a steam and sail-powered vessel used to transport spices and timber, ran aground the reef Shaab Machmud in March 1876 during a voyage from Bombay to Newcastle and sank quickly. The ship broke in two, and her two halves came to rest on the sea floor. The wreck lies upside down with the stern at a depth of 28 m and the bow at 18 m. At the stern you find the propeller and the rudder, which are overgrown with corals. Inside the wreck you see thousands of glassfish.