The SS Dunraven

The SS Dunraven was built in Newcastle upon Tyne at the C. Mitchell and C. Iron Ship Builders and was launched in 1873. The ship was owned by a Mr. W. Milburn. Powered by both sail and steam, she was planned for the route from Britain to Bombay.

In April 1876 She sank in 25 meters of water, leaving the crew to be rescued from the lifeboats by local fishermen.

Length:81.6 m
Beam:9.8 m
Installed power:Two-cylinder steam engine
Propulsion:Mixed steam and sail
Speed:8 knots

The SS Thistlegorm

SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship built in 1940 by Joseph Thompson & Son in Sunderland, England. She was sunk on 6 October 1941 near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea and is now a well-known diving site.

The massive explosion that sank her had blown much of her midships superstructure away and makes the wreck very accessible to divers. The depth of around 30 m (100 feet) at its deepest is ideal for diving without the need for specialist equipment and training.

The wreck attracts many divers for the amount of the cargo that can be seen and explored. Boots and motorcycles are visible in Hold No. 1. Trucks, motorcycles, Wellington boots, rifles, Westland Lysander wings, about twenty Bristol Mercury radial engine exhaust rings and a handful of cylinders and Bristol Blenheim bomber tailplanes are visible in Hold No. 2. Universal Carrier armored vehicles, RAF trolley accumulators, and two Pundit Lights can also be found. Off to the port side of the wreck level with the blast, the area can be found one of the steam locomotives which had been stored as deck cargo and the other locomotive is off the starboard side level with Hold No. 2.

Length:128 m (419 ft)
Beam:18 m (59 ft)
Installed power:three-cylinder, triple-expansion, steam engine, 1,850 I.H.P (1,380kW))
  Crew: 41

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