Our Red Sea Wrecks and Reefs Safari 4th to 11 October 2014.
Our home and dive boat for the week. M.Y. South Moon.
The week had eagerly been awaited. It was the first time for all the divers on this trip to do a week long Safari in The Red Sea.
It was going to be a wreck feast with a wreck course also on the agenda.
We boarded our home for the week on the evening of 4th October 2014. The dives we were intending to do were made much more special as we were planning to dive on one of the worlds best wreck dive SS Thistlegorm, and on the anniversary of its sinking.
The much photographed stern section of SS Thistlegorm
A truck inside the hold of Thistlegorm.
Diving it on a safari give you longer time to explore the wreck and over more dives. This time as the weather was favorable, we could moor on the Thistlegorm overnight and dive it as a night dive. This for most of the divers was the highlight of the week.
When the Thistlegorm was bombed, they say the blast lit up the night sky and gave away the position of another British cargo ship Roaslie Moller which was moored the other side of the Gulf of Suez West of Gubal Sheghir which the German air force came back the two nights later and bombed that also. That took a little longer to sink, but sink it did, in the early hour's of 8th October 1941, making a very adventurous deep dive.
As the wind was forecast to pick up during midweek, we took the advice of the captain who suggested we dived Rosalie Moller a day earlier in case we'd get caught still on the other side of the Gulf of Suez when the seas picked up, giving us a very uncomfortable crossing back in the direction of the Sinai coast where we started from, and was scheduled to finish.
The divers brought on board a good stock of beer to relax with at the end of the diving day, but half of it was taken back of at the end of the week due to the non stop diving, eating and sleeping! However there were a few quiet beers enjoyed after dinner, which was always served after the night dive. Everything in moderation and moderation in everything as a wise older diver called Roger Jones once taught me.
The Dives we done.
Jackfish Alley (reef)
Thistlegorm (wreck night dive).
Day 2Thistlegorm (wreck - on 73rd anniversary of it sinking)
Barge (wreck - night dive)
Rosalie Moller (wreck - 73rd anniversary of it's bombing)
Bluff Point (reef)
Lagoon (reef - night dive)
Wreck: Christola K and nick named 'The Tile wreck'.
It's cargo of Italian tiles heading for Jehdda on The Saudi Arabian Side of The Red Sea
The Chrisoula K was a 98m Greek registered freighter that sank on 31 August 1981, laden with floor tiles. The ship lies with its stern and propeller at 26m and its bow in shallow water at only 3m. It sits more or less upright but the stern is slowly separating. The wreck offers plenty of swim-throughs and penetration diving opportunities but beware of the numerous obstructions such as fallen beams and poles. Its superstructure is now encrusted with a layer of hard corals, and is home to flatworms, lionfish, Arabian Picasso triggerfish, and clown sand wrasse. Dolphins also pass by here occasionally.
40 meters Deep Dive on Rosalie Muller. Signal means, One minute left before DECO'. We'd better start ascending.
Glassfish in SS Dunraven
Our Wreck Speciality Divers and Boat Crew
One of the engines inside Giannis D
Kimon M (wreck)
Kristola K (wreck)
Giannis D (wreck)
The funnel of Giannis D, a 100m general cargo vessel built in Japan but under Greek ownership, hit the Abu Nuhas Reef at full tilt on 19 April 1983. The ship, laden with timber, sank to 24m with the stern and bow still intact but amidships is now a crumpled mess. The engine room at a depth of 13m offers easy and superb penetration through clouds of glassfish.
You can investigate the multilevel rooms and passageways here for octopus and giant moray eel. The bow mast extends out horizontally from the boat, creating a great spot to search for scorpionfish, gobies and nudibranchs. To end your dive you can simply climb the main mast up to the shallows at 4m and perform your safety stop there.
Ascending up the line slowly after diving Rosialie Moller.
In 1941 on its way to Alexandria the Rosalie Moller, loaded with coal, was at anchor between the islands Gubal and Queisum when it was attacked by German bombers. It was just a few days after the sinking of the Thistlegorm, when 2 bombs hit the vessel and ripped a huge hole in the hold on the starboard side. Now the 110m long wreck is standing upright, as if "parked", on the sand in about 50m depth. As there is no reef as a reference, the divers have to descend along a mooring line to reach the deck in 25m. The marine life that can be observed over there is amazing. Thousands of glass fish on the deck and around the bridge, among which large shoals of jacks, snappers and tuna can be spotted. Big groupers and huge lion fish have settled in the bow and stern section. The deck is still quite intact, it is easy to explore its deckhouses and swim up the ladders leading to the bridge. At the bow you can find the giant port side anchor still up. In the stern section the enormous propeller and rudder are worth visiting as well. Probably due to some improperly mooring of diving boats the stern mast is broken down. Meanwhile, the funnel is fallen to the port side; it bears a large "M" on it, the emblem of the shipping company Moller.
Relaxing on the Sun Deck Lounge.
Busy doing their homework for the wreck course!!!!
Tiered Diver. Revenge is best served any way you can!!!
Out at sea, it's so so peaceful, especially at sunset.
A large passer buy heading for Suez Canal.
The meals on board were as good as any I've ever experienced on a boat in Red Sea.
The cabins were spacious and each had en suit and Air Conditioning.
Plenty of room on The Dive Deck
The Top Sun Lounge wasn't used much in the day (too busy diving and eating) but in the evening it lent itself for a cool place to relax after dinner.
The lounge inside was very spacious also and there were always snacks on hand 24 hours a day.
Small Crack North (reef)
Small Crack South (reef)
Alternities (night dive)
Shark and Yolanda (Reef / Wreck)
Marsa Canyon (reef)
Ras Elite (reef)
Ras Katy (night dive)
Back to port to disembark.
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