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Marsa Alam top shipwrecks, Series 2

31-10-2017
Port Ghalib News

2. SS TURBO

A British merchant ship has been designed to carry fuel and machinery.  It was built in 1912, for the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company, it displaced 4,900 tons and was 374 feet long. The ship was attacked by Italian S79 Sparviero torpedo armed bombers, on 20 August 1942, while on route from Haifa (Palestine) to Alexandria, with fuel supplies for the British Mediterranean fleet. it survived a single torpedo hit, but sustained serious hull damage.  According to the Captain's report, the ship broke in two on 4 April 1943 and the bow and stern sections sank separately the following day 

The damage was massive, that it could not be repaired, so, it was decided to tow her out to Karachi for use as a fuel storage hulk.  However, she broke up 24km (15m) north of Ras Banas.  The bow section was sunk by gunfire as it had become a menace to shipping while the stern section foundered off the reef.

The stern section lies 24km (15 miles) north of Ras Banas and approximately 85km south of Marsa Alam and only a short distance from the shoreline. The vessel lies on its' side with its' starboard flank about 18 meters below the surface while its' port side rests on a sandy bed some 28 meters deep and close to the reef face.  

Apparently, a great proofs was given that this ship was on its' final trip. The proofs was based on various equipment in the workshop including a lathe, oil cans and even a watering can. 

The wreck has attracted many types of corals and marine life creatures including Lionfish, Pixie Hawkfish, sponges and lots of colorful coral.Suitable for intermediate (with proper guidance and care) or advanced diving levels. Perhaps not as difficult as some deeper wrecks but still demands great care

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