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North with SS Turkia





The North Safari with SS Turkia is a good chance to see the best ship wrecks in Red Sea.

SS Turkia  has the potential for being the new Thistlegorm. A very similar vessel to the Thistlegorm, she was also sunk by explosion and was also carrying war materials. The wreck is diveable all year round and attracts an amazing amount of marine life. Currently well out of the range of most safari boats, she is without doubt one of the very best wrecks found in sport diving depths in Egyptian waters.

The Ship

Built in Hull (England) in 1909 as the LIVORNO (2), she was a schooner rigged steam cargo ship of 1671 tonnes gross, 300ft long and a 42 ft beam. Clinker built by Earles Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. (yard no. 562), she was fitted with a reciprocating, triple expansion steam engine and able to make 9.5 knots. She has 4 bulkheads and a cruiser stern, single shaft and propeller. She was built for Thomas Wilson Sons & Co, again of Hull. Upon completion in 1910, she was deployed in a variety of trades, serving between Hull, London and the Adriatic in her first year. In 1911 between Hull, Constantinople, Novorossick and Odessa and between St Petersburg and Cronstadt. In 1916 she was employed in the Hull–Trieste run. On the eve of the start of WW1 she was engaged in the Manchester-Liverpool to St Petersburg, Revel/Riga trade, making 6 voyages in all. After the war she was involved in a variety of routes carrying perishable fruits and bulk cargos such as coal.
Final Voyage
The Turkia's final voyage began in New York in May 1941, where she was loaded with a full cargo of 'government stores' - she was bound for Piraeus (Greece). The cargo included explosives, tyres, coils of wire, ingots, vehicles and firearms. There are two conflicting reports of her sinking: 1 - "Bombed off Zafarana Light 2 miles S.E. May 14th 1941"..."Destroyed by fire and explosion near Zafarana Light Gulf of Suez, after being abandoned by her crew when on passage from New York to Piraeus with general cargo and explosives." 2 - "17/May/1941 she had a fire in no. 3 hold where explosives were stored (she was carrying explosives and general cargo) and the fire was beyond control so the vessel was abandoned. 10 minutes later there was a large explosion and the vessel sank in 12 fathoms. Nothing was being done to salvage as no competent salvage service was available at Port Said." Source: Anne Crowe, Lloyds.

The "Thistlegorm" is probably the most famous wreck in the Red Sea. The British ship was on the way to Egypt to bring military equipment of all kinds for the British troops in North Africa.
On 6th October 1941 two German bombs struck the Thistlegorm just aft of the bridge. Nine of the crew died and the survivors were picked up by HMS Carlisle, which was anchored nearby. Ten minutes after the attack there was a huge explosion and the Thistlegorm quickly sank from sight. Now the wreck is lying upright on the sea bottom at 30 metres. Especially of interest is the cargo which includes tanks, trucks, motorcycles, rifles, railway carriage and one railway engine. The North Safari will also take in the wrecks of Abu Nuhas - Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K, Kimon. Abu Nuhas is known as the Ship's Graveyard and literally means "the reef of brass". The reef lies close to the shipping lanes and the approach to the Suez Canal, and has claimed more ships than any other in the Red Sea. Leaving from Hurghada, we aim to dive all the wrecks in the area including El Minya, an Egyptian mine sweeper lying just outside Hurghada's harbour; Suzanna, a small pleasure yacht; the Patrol Boat at Umm Gamar; the Carnatic; Chrisoula K; Seastar and Giannis D at Abu Nuhas; the Barke; the Ulysses and laying on the north side of Gubal Island. Then there's the Rosalie Moller; the Kingston (Sarah H, sunk in1881) and laying at Shag Rock; the Carina (sunk in 1926) and laying close to Shab Ali and, of course, the most famous wreck in the Red Sea the Thistlegorm, which lies at Shab Ali.




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