Egypt: Scuba Diving and the Red Sea in Egypt and the Sinai

The Red Sea

All in a Week's Work: Finding a Shipwreck in the Red Sea by Ned Middleton

Strange as it may seem to some, but as I approached my twenty third year of Diving, I had yet to visit the Red Sea. I could probably have come up with a number of flimsy excuses as to why not - though the truth was, I simply never got around to it. This often put me at a disadvantage when, even editors would suddenly say - "well you must know what the Thistlegorm is like" or "well its bit like the Red Sea" - and, of course, I had never been there.

Dire Straits, Where Shipwrecks are Commonplace by Ned Middleton

The Straits of Tiran are located at the interface between the north Egyptian Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. This is a fascinating destination for divers dominated by four outstanding Reefs located right in the middle of those Straits. Without their presence, the Straits would have been narrow enough, but those Reefs make the navigable channels all the more treacherous.

Discovery of the Dunraven by Ned Middleton

The Dunraven wreck in the Red Sea was discovered by Howard Rosenstein who formed Red Sea Divers and chose Naama Bay on the Sinai Peninsular for his base. He had decided to embellish history by deliberately inventing fictional connections with "Lawrence of Arabia" and his fabled treasure ships. Having started on this course of action, all he needed now was a suitable shipwreck. He found it in the Dunraven.

The Dolphin Boy by Ruth Corner

In a small Bedouin village in a remote part of the Sinai coast on the Red Sea there is a truly remarkable story taking place. Since 1992 a friendly wild dolphin has lived in a bay by the village of Mezina. She has a special friend - a 14 year old boy who has grown up with her as his playmate, swimming in the warm clear waters every day of his life, with this large, beautiful gentle creature by his side.

The SS Dacca: In Search of a Lost Ship by Ned Middleton

This ship is not yet found. Built in Lanark, the Dacca was launched in 1882 at a cost of 90,000. Constructed as a Steel Screw Steamer, she was officially described as a Passenger Cargo Vessel. She was a well found ship, brigantine-rigged and fitted with two engines which provided a very comfortable 500 nhp. The Dacca displaced 3,908 grt and possessed both passenger and Government Emigration Office certificates. On 29th April 1890 the Dacca left London with a crew of 91 Europeans (including the Master) and 464 passengers.

Wreck Diving in the Egyptian Red Sea By Ned Middleton

One of the tasks that is very much associated the correct identification of any shipwreck, is being able to unravel all the available information and misinformation and then set aside that which is patently incorrect before proceeding along the right path. These days it seems that too many writers are so keen to get their work into print that accuracy is often ignored.

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Last Updated: May 25th, 2011