Egypt,Red Sea

Thistlegorm was sunk by German planes 6.October 1941 under a journey from Glasgow to Alexandria with military supplies 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. 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 HE111 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 ripped the stern apart. At 01:30 she disappeared in the deep at Sha`ab Ali. The wreck was found by Jaques Cousteau in 1956 who 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. Also see the wreck of Rosalie Moller.

Former names:

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

Painting: Thistlegorm
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