She was heading for Alexandria, around the southern tip of Africa, toward the Red Sea & Egypt with heavy supplies for the allied efforts ... as well as steam locomotives for the Egyptian National Railways. She carried Bedford trucks, armoured vehicles, Norton & BSA motorcycles, guns & ammunition, plus supplies such as boots, airplane parts and more.
The Luftwaffe bombed the Thistlegorm in October sending her to the bottom of the Red Sea with all of her cargo and taking several lives. Cousteau discovered the wreck in the 50’s but it wasn’t until the 90’s that her remains became a diving sensation. She’s easily accessible and always a stirring dive.
Rosalie Moller: A coal carrier, the Rosalie Moller followed the same route as the Thistlegorm and was sunk 2 days later. She was carrying nearly 5,000 tons of coal and very few crew so the bombing took relatively few lives. Neither the Moller, nor the Thistlegorm, were carrying troops. You will be amazed to find the Moller still in surprisingly good shape with utensils, pots & pans hanging in the kitchen and portholes still in place. The wreck is deep and is therefore for advanced and tech divers only.
Chrisoula K: Sailing from Italy to Saudi Arabia in 1981, the Chrisoula K hit the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas reef (notorious for sinking ships over the centuries). The crew was saved but the ship, a total loss, was left to sink ignominiously. The main part of the ship is relatively upright but the stern has pretty thoroughly keeled over. The wreck is easily accessible and you can get into the engine room to see the works and also into the hold, via a huge rip, to see the Italian tiles which all remain on the ship.
Giannis D: Another more recent wreck offered to wreck enthusiasts by the Aha'ab Abu Nuhas reef is the Giannis D. Transporting a load of wood from Yugoslavia to Saudi Arabia in 1983, she struck the reef and hung there for awhile (her crew were all rescued) but eventually succumbed, splitting into 3 sections as she slipped into the deep. Divers can now enter the bridge, the engine room and even the crew quarters. She is particularly photogenic ... a great dive for photographers.