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THE TANKER WRECKS NEAR RAS BANAS

THE TANKER WRECKS NEAR RAS BANAS

Credit for the discovery of this wreck goes to the then Skipper of Lady M., “Ahmed the Crazy”. They called it the half wreck because it consisted of a stern and superstructure and one very large hold. At first we thought this was the Hadia, which had been described as a tanker in some records, but entering her engine room revealed a large single triple expansion steam engine, not a diesel as in the Hadia. Inside the engine room a plate with R.C. Craggs embossed and a works number would if fact prove to be something of a red herring in her identification, but without this knowledge to hand we set about looking for the missing section of the ship; the other half in fact. We were to search in vain…the bow lies in deep water somewhere to the north.
Initial research from the makers plate pointed to the Atlas, which had been built by Craggs, and although this ship was reported to have been torpedoed off the Yemen.

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CRUISING THE RED SEA

CRUISING THE RED SEA

With the Red Sea having a little too much of the good things on offer, it’s easy to retreat into clichés when writing about diving there. Aquamarine, turquoise, az...

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DNA MAN OR DOLPHIN? THE ULTIMATE DIVE

DNA MAN OR DOLPHIN? THE ULTIMATE DIVE

Not since 1976, when Jacques Mayol’s 100 meter dive shattered the record of Italian diver Enzo ...

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Saving SS Thistlegorm

Saving  SS Thistlegorm

John Kean is author of 'SS Thistlegorm, The True Story of the Red Sea's Greatest Ship Wreck'. He is also a board member of Sharm El Sheikh's SSDM organization. In October...

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SS Thistlegorm: Closed for Conservation

SS Thistlegorm: Closed for Conservation
The wreck of the SS Thistlegorm will be inaccessible to divers for a period of one month from 15th November till 15th December 2007 whilst urgent conservation measures ta...
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A SURVIVORS TALE

A SURVIVORS TALE

By: PETER COLLINGS, SS1 PLATINUM PRO 5000


Since witnessing the sinking of the Giannis D in 1983 Peter Collings has commuted between England and the Red Sea diving, l...

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THE WRECK OF THE S.S. ULYSSES

THE WRECK OF THE  S.S. ULYSSES

During our northern “classic wreck tour” we visited approximately 18 different wrecks in one week.

The Ulysses, one of the most popular wrecks which is of...

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SOFT CORAL IN MEDIUM FORMAT

SOFT CORAL IN MEDIUM FORMAT
Every time I’m back from one of my trips in the hot and clear waters of the Red Sea, the colours of the alcionarian remain in my eyes and memory for days; they ar...
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The Stingers! Lion, Scorpion and Stone

The Stingers! Lion, Scorpion and Stone

The family Scorpaenidae is composed by several subfamilies which have in common a large and spiny head with a bony crest on the cheek.

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