English Channel,Europe

The Steamship Egypt went down in the English channel after a collision with the steamship Seine 20.May 1922. She was on voyage from Essex to India loaded with gold, silver and 338 passengers. The accident happened 28 nautical miles outside Armen lighthouse in Finistere and she went down within twenty minutes. 86 people perished in the sinking. Because of her valuable cargo there was a strong interest to find her and salvage the cargo. But first they had to actually find the wreck. This was not done before 1930, and in 1932 they started using divers in armored diving suits, and new techniques was invented more or less over night. From 1932 to 1935 they managed to rescue nearly all of the cargo. The remains of Egypt rest today on a depth of 170 meter.

Former names:

499,8 x 54,3 x 24,5 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7912 grt Greenock ( UK ) 1897 London ( UK )

Picture: Egypt in the Suez Canal
Courtesy of Pandosnco

Illustration: David Scott