Celebrations for the world's most popular wreck

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Divers are celebrating 75 years since the SS Thistlegorm was sunk. Consistently voted the best wreck in the world, the SS Thistlegorm, a 140m long ship, was sunk in the Strait of Gubal in the Red Sea.

An armed freighter holding vital supplies for British forces at Tobruk during World War Two, it was bombed by the Germans, sinking to the seabed just one year after it was built.

Supplies such as Bedford trucks, motorcycles, live ammunition, Morris cars, Lee-Enfield rifles and Wellington boots can all be found on board for divers to discover.  

There are swim throughs into and around the wreck and an array of colourful marine life. You can see sergeant majors, jacks, tuna, barracuda, and the resident hawksbill turtle; lucky divers might also get a chance to swim with sharks and bottlenose dolphins.

The wreck was first discovered by Jacque Cousteau in the 1950s when filming the Silent World documentary; he would not reveal the location of the wreck, leaving it untouched until it was rediscovered in the 1990s by a group of divers.

The World Diving Federation will be inviting academics and journalist to a series of events they are planning in October to mark the 75 years since the SS Thistlegorm was sunk and they will be looking for ways to improve and preserve the wreck into the future.  



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