Thsitlegorm

Egypt,Red Sea

Thistlegorm was sunk by German planes 6.October 1941 under a journey from Glasgow to Alexandria with supplies, vehicles,locomotives and ammunition for the British 8th Army in Egypt. She arrived the Red Sea but the traffic northwards through the Suez-canal was so overloaded that they could not proceed immediately. Because two ships had collided further north in the canal, the whole transit area was also more or less blocked. In the mean time German intelligence had received information that the British troopship Queen Mary was in the area with 1200 soldiers on board. 5.October two Heinkel HE 111 from II \ KG 26 arrived in the northern part of the coastline in search of her. On their way back to base they spotted Thistlegorm laying at anchor and attacked. Two bombs hit her behind the bridge and ignited part of the ammunition and the stern was torn apart.  Both of the locomotives she transported flies over board together with other parts of the cargo. She start to sink and the crew quickly abandon ship. At 01:30 she disappear in the deep at Sha`ab Ali. Four men of the crew perished in the sinking, while five of the nine Royal Navy men died. The wreck was found by Jaques Cousteau in 1956 and they filmed the wreck which was shown later in the movie " The Living Sea " on National Geographic Channel. The wreck rest today on her keel on a depth of 10 to 30 meter near Ras Muhammad.


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Thistlegorm

415,0 x 58,0 x 24,9 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4898 grt
Sunderland ( UK ) 1940 Sunderland ( UK )


Picture: Painting of Thistlegorm
Originally from skovheim.org

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