Diving in The Red Sea

These are some images captured by our  underwater photographer Roy Povey during the club's 2004 trip to The Red Sea on the M.V, Snapdragon.

 

  

The wreck of the Marcos commonly known as the tile wreck .  

  

All the club members on the trip swam along the inside of the ship, the holds joined and there was plenty of escape gaps in the hold should you not wish to penetrate any further, you can see all the cargo of tiles these were nice marble tiles it seemed a pity to have to leave them there,

  

The next wreck we dived on was the Carnatic the fish life on this wreck included queen angel fish and emperor fish depth was 20 metres.

 

This is the Carnatic taken from the smashed bow section and it is from here that you can swim right inside the wreck if you are interested in gold and who isn't it may be of interest to note that of the ships 40,000 cargo of gold only 32,000 was ever salvaged.

 

  

The Ghannis D this is one of my favourite wrecks in the northern red sea it is so photogenic if you look carefully you can see fifteen divers I hung back as the club divers descended to the wreck. The depth of the wreck was 21 metres.

 

  

Deep in the engine room of the Ghannis D , to get to the engine room it was necessary to swim through a number of corridors and door ways sorry guys if I held you up while I was taking photos.

 

  

Working our way up the ships passages we finally arrive at the wheel house of the ship, as this is close to the surface you can see there is some water turbulence, notice the air bubbles being swirled around by the wave action,

 

  

Finally we leave the Ghannis D and head back to the Snapdragon.

 

  

Now one of the most famous wrecks in the Red Sea the Thistlegorm, depth 24 metres  sunk by enemy action it was carrying much needed supplies including motor  cycles trucks half tracks and two steam trains,

 

   You can still see the rusting BSA motor cycles stacked in the hold.

  Swimming through the holds we pass some of the trucks and lorries that should have been part of the desert campaign.

Front hold, swim passed the ladder and into the cabin areas.

A short swim through the cabin areas and then through a passageway once again you are out on the deck.

 

One of the small anti aircraft guns on the Thistlegorm.

And this is one large naval gun she carried.

 

These are not torpedoes they are Para vanes used for clearing mines from the sea bed.

 

The Thistlegorm was carrying two locomotives both of which fell off the deck of the ship when she sank on this one the front fire door is open.

This locomotive is on the other side of the wreck in about 28 metres,

Finally the all important marine life in the Red Sea  we spotted this turtle munching its way through the soft coral.

Here a crocodile fish is laying in the sand hoping that his camouflage means we wont spot him if it had not been for colin I would have missed it.

Loads of hard coral and with it the small fish.

Soft coral is one of the most colourful  corals that you can find