Book Review: Diving Guide to the Red Sea Wrecks
Diving Guide to the Red Sea Wrecks
A Ghisotti, V Paolillo, Rinaldi, K Amsler; Swan Hill Press, 140 pages.
Storms, strong winds, dangerous currents and countless reefs have made the Red Sea difficult to navigate for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians were renowned shipbuilders; the Romans travelled along Red Sea shores; in the 19th Century, pre Suez-canal, the British controlled the waters. The advent of steam didn't diminish the number of wrecks. Even today it's not uncommon for ships to run aground on coral reefs. And of course there are those sunk in a war. This book, packed with photographs, details 18 wrecks lying in the Red Sea - from Jordan to Eritrea. Each ship's story is told with fascinating detail. In some cases, the detective work needed to identify the wreck describes how the incidental details - discovering where a particular make of china originated - lead to the final identification. Clear drawings show the ship's orientation, where it's intact and where broken up.
Wrecks that are covered include the Thistlegorm (to which is given a massive 18 pages of description, drawings and photos), the Ghiannis D, the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K, the Blue Bell and the Umbria. Some inaccuracies but worth buying for all the background information.
- The Red Sea (Globetrotter Dive Guide)
- by Guy Buckles, Paperback, New Holland Publishers Ltd, 176 pages, 2006.
Covers more than 125 dive and snorkel sites along the length of the Red Sea.
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- Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea
- by Ned Middleton, Hardback, Immel Publishing, 196 pages, 2006.
The author spent over 8 years engaged in dedicated research into the many shipwrecks which are found in this part of the world. There are nineteen major featured shipwrecks - including two which are only recently discovered. These are followed by brief details of another eighteen vessels which were too small to be classified as ships - tugboats, barges etc. Finally, there are brief details of approx. 250 additional vessels that are either not yet discovered, far too deep for scuba divers or never even existed.
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