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Abu Nuhas & Wrecks

 

Known for its fierce storms and chains of reefs and submerged islands the Red Sea can be a navigational nightmare for any captain or for those caught in one of the sudden storms. During history many ships have been lost, mainly in the Northern Red Sea were the Gulf of Suez is one of the greatest navigation hazards.

 

Abu Nuhas, a magnificent coral plateau that barely reaches the surface and, from a distance, is not easily seen. The reef lies right at the very edge of the busy shipping lane called the Strait of Gubal. For ships coming from Suez, Sha'ab Abu Nuhas has always been the very last obstacle between them and the open Red Sea. Many failed at this "Ships Graveyard" which is best known for the abundance of ancient and modern wrecks which lie here. The reef is very exposed to the prevailing wind and waves and was named after the oldest wreck which was carrying copper (Nuhas in Arabic). Definitely a great place for wreck-lovers.

 

More wrecks can be found in the Strait of Tiran (Komoran, Million Hope), the Gulf of Suez (Dunraven, Thistlegorm, Kingston), near Safaga (Salem Express) and at the Brother Islands (Numidia), this just to name of few of them.


Kormoran (Zingara)

(28°01.063' N, 34°29.242' E) The "Kormoran" (also known as Zingara) was built in Rostock, in former East Germany and launched as the "Kormoran" in 1963. The name was ...

Yolanda

(27°43.300' N, 34°15.000' E) At the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula Yolanda Reef is named after the 74 m long Cypriot freighter "Yolanda" which struck the reef ...

Dunraven

(27°42.200' N, 34°07.300' E) Beacon Rock, today identified by an automatic lighthouse, is located at the extreme south of the Sha'ab Mahmud reef system. In the night of ...

Thistlegorm

(27°48.800' N, 33°55.250' E) The most famous of the Red Sea wrecks - may be even worldwide - is the "Thistlegorm". The 127 m long English vessel ...

Kingston (Sara H.)

(27°46.438' N, 33°52.241' E) Close to Sha'ab Ali in the early hours of 22 February 1881, the 78 m long "Kingston" ran aground at the northern edge ...

Carina

(27°47.450' N, 33°51.220' E) The 19th century steam-driven sailing ship "Carina" was on its way to Calcutta with general cargo that included Belgian glassware. Coming from Suez it ...

Giannis D.

(27°34.630' N, 33°55.410' E) At the western tip of Sha'ab Abu Nuhas lies the well-known "Giannis D." which was launched as the "Shoyo Maru". It was also known ...