SS Thistlegorm – June 2015

Last June we had an opportunity to dive the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm which is one of the best dive sites in the world and is often considered the best wreck site in the world. It is a former 128m long British transport ship sunk in 1941 after a German air attack. There are various artefacts remaining on the wreck including 2 locomotives, 2 tanks, army trucks, jeeps, motorbikes, boots, stacks of rifles, and various spare parts for planes and cars. Please see below the video from this magnificent wreck along with a brief history of the SS Thistlegorm!

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SS Thistlegorm was one of a number of Thistle ships owned and operated by the Albyn Line. She was destined for war duties however and was equipped with an additional armoured Gun Deckand only an old 4.7″ gun. In May 1941, the Thistlegorm was in her home port of Glasgow loading supplies essential for the 8th Army: Land Mines, Shells, Ammunition, Weapons, Bedford Trucks, Armoured Cars, Bren-Carriers, BSA Motorcycles, Trailers, Vehicle spares, Aircraft and Aircraft parts, Radios, Rubber thigh-boots, 2 sets of railway engines.

On 2nd June 1941, SS Thistlegorm (Captain William Ellis) departed for her last voyage from Glasgow, joined by a large convoy and instead of taking the Mediterranean route, she rounded via South Africa for safety reasons. The Convoy proceeded along the east coast of Africa before finally entering the Red Sea, Gulf of Suez. At this time, however, two vessels had collided further up the Gulf of Suez and were virtually blocking the entire entrance to the Canal. This led to the SS Thistlegorm, remaining at anchor for a full two weeks.

At 2250 hours on 5th October 1941 two twin-engine Heinkels He 111´s crossed the north Egyptian coast heading south-east in search of a big ship, her presence being confirmed by German intelligence. Just as they were on the point of returning home, one of the pilots spotted a ship at anchor. As he approached the bows of the Thistlegorm, he released two bombs right over her bridge. Both bombs penetrated aft of the bridge, detonating a great deal of ammunition. The resultant explosion sent the two locomotives spiralling into the air as the ship was ripped open. The vessel began to sink and the crew quickly abandoned ship. She sank at 0130 hrs 6th October 1941. (Source: Wrecksite.eu)

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The ship was rediscovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1956 and is arguably the most sought after scuba diving wreck in the world. It is thought that the Sinai Peninsula’s Thistlegorm is the most frequently dived site in the world. The wreck sits upright on the seabed at 33m. To dive the bow section you can descend onto the main deck area at 15m and enter Hold no. 1 from a large square entrance way in the floor close to the main anchor chains. The ship has 2 levels in its holds and it is possible to swim through the wreck from Hold 1 to 3, using the internal interconnecting doorways at a maximum depth of 25m. (Source: Dive-The-World.com)

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SMS Dresden – November 2015

Last November we had an opportunity to join the the Megalodon week aboard the MV Huskyan for a week of classic wreck diving in Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands. Here is the first video from the wreck of the SMS Dresden. This was our last dive of the week, and was rather dark and murky with poor conditions topside and at the bottom affecting the visibility. Nevertheless, it is a great wreck with plenty of opportunities to penetrate and explore!

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The 5,531 ton Dresden II class light cruiser Dresden was built in Kiel by Howaldtswerke in 1917. Built to the same general specifications as the Cöln she boasted eight 5.9″ guns set in single turretts, two 3.4″ rapid firing guns, four deck mounted torpedo tubes and was capable of carrying 200 mines. Powered by two coal/oil fired turbines her twin propellers could push her to speeds on 29 knots she was indeed a fearsome adversary.

This magnificent fighting machine required a complement of 559 officers and men. She was able to quickly penetrate enemy sea areas, lay her deadly cargo of mines and then use her speed to outrun anyone who detected her or alternatively use her powerful arsenal to fight her way out. In the Seas Fleet she could use her speed and powerful arsenal to scout ahead of the battleships and battle cruisers and afford some protection to them.

The wreck of the Dresden now lies in 35 metres of water on her portside. Other than some salvaging around her engine areas she remains in relatively good condition after more than 80 years on the seabed at Scapa Flow. (Source: Dive Scapa Flow)

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Season’s Greetings – Closure

We would like to thank all of our loyal and new customers who continue to contribute to our success. We wish you a Happy Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year!

Please be aware that Silent Thrill will be shut from now until Monday the 4th of January.

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Scapa Flow – November 2015

3 weeks ago we had the pleasure of joining the Megalodon week in Scapa Flow aboard the MV Huskyan for a week of wreck diving. We managed to dive on all of the seven remaining warships of the German High Seas Fleet including the SMS Markgraf, SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm and SMS König among others.

Here are few selected pictures from this adventure and we will be posting our underwater videos soon from each of the wrecks.

Please Contact us if you would like to join us next year as there are still spaces in July (10-15) and November (6-11) or if you are interested in training on rebreathers!

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Red Sea Explorers – June 2015

We are back from our regular summer Red Sea liveaboard trip with Red Sea Explorers aboard the MV Tala. Here is a selection of top side photos and with the underwater video footage to follow soon. The dives included the wrecks of Thistlegorm, Rosalie Moller and the Yolanda as well as the Thomas Canyon which was spectacular.

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Red Sea Explorers Week – Liveaboard – North & Dahab – 15-22 June 2015

We still have spaces available on our Red Sea trip in June (15-22) aboard the MV Tala with the famous Red Sea Explorers. This week will combine diving some of the best wrecks Northern Red Sea has to offer such us the SS Thistlegorm, Rosalie Möller, Al Qamar Ferry and reefs in the North including Ras Mohamed along with with spectacular and most famous dive sites in Dahab – the Blue Hole & the Canyon.

Let us know ASAP if you would like to join us. The cost is 990 Euro per person including 7 nights on board (last night either on board or in a hotel), 6 days diving, full board & soft drinks, local transfers, dive guides, weights, air & single tanks etc. Not included are your flights/visa, rental of other diving equipment such as CCR tanks/stages/scooters etc, sorb, Nitrox and helium, alcohol beverages, tips for crew.

Full rebreather & technical diving equipment will be available for hire or purchase as well as training on the Hammerhead CCR from crossovers & Air diluent classes, all the way up to the Advanced Mixed Gas level if you are looking to try the Hammerhead CCR, get qualified on it or progress into Trimix.

Rebreather Week in Red Sea – Liveaboard – Wrecks & Reefs – 30 Jun-7 Jul 2014

Our regular Rebreather Week offers unique liveaboard diving experience in the Red Sea aboard the first class liveaboard MV Nouran, and the Wrecks & Reefs week combines the best of North Red Sea and Brothers Islands for a magnificent treat of wrecks and reefs at any level – from recreational air depths to mixed gas diving – every day. While this trip is with the rebreathers in mind, we will still be able to cater for single-tank recreational, twinset and multi-stage OC technical dives if required.

Silent Thrill will also be running rebreather try dives and be available for training on the Hammerhead CCR from crossover and Air diluent classes, all the way up to the Advanced Mixed Gas level if you are looking to try the Hammerhead CCR, get qualified on it or progress into Trimix. Training will be available in both English and Polish.

Rebreather and technical diving equipment will be available for hire or purchase. Contact us for more details.

NOURAN
MV Nouran is the newest vessel in RSE fleet. She is defiantly one of the fines livaboards in her class. Catering to a possible 24 guests our 12 guest rooms they are specially designed to meet the needs and comfort of the divers today. Every room comprises of twin beds, a mini-bar as well as bathrooms. Spacious indoor air-conditioned lounge and dining area with all the latest hi-fi equipment and flat screen tv compliments the outdoor relaxation areas meaning whether you dive or not you will have plenty to keep you occupied and plenty of space to find your own place as you cruise the Red Sea in style and comfort.

NORTH
The pristine waters between Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada offer some of the Red Sea’s best surprises. This northerly itinerary combines the most well-known wrecks in the Red Sea with incredible walls, reefs, and hard coral gardens. Photographers as well as other divers will be left with stunning memories of this exquisite route. Example sites include: Shaab Erg, Abu Nahaa, Ungoush, Gubal, Shag Rock, Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Alternatives, Ras Mohamed, El Mina.

BROTHERS
The Brother Islands, the tops of two undersea mountains rising from the depth, are located about 50 nautical miles off-shore, near the town of Quseir. Part of the Marine Park, they offer breath-taking underwater scenery, wall diving along their entire perimeter and the possibility to spot a wide variety of pelagics.

Cost:
CCR Package £1250 pp – inc. O2, sorb*, CCR and stage tanks, two scooter dives
OC Tech Package £1150 pp – inc. twinset and stage tanks, two scooter dives
OC Rec Package £950 pp – inc. 11l tanks

*one fill per day

Also included: 7 nights on board (last night either on board or in a hotel), 6 days diving (min 3 dives/day, last day 2 dives), full board & soft drinks (water, tea, coffee, Coca, Sprite), local transfers, dive guides, weights.

Not included: Flight/visa, diving equipment, alcohol beverages, Nitrox and helium gas, tips for crew (while tips for the crew are at the discretion of the clients, it is customary that approximately £50 per client is left as a tip for the crew for the week if clients are satisfied with the service on board). All Rental/Course and Bar tabs are paid aboard, but pre-book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Booking: 35% deposit is required for booking. Full payment is due within 60 days of departure date.

Cancellation policy: before 90 days of departure date, full refund less a cancellation fee of £100. No refunds within 90 days of departure date.

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Silent Thrill Gift Cards

We have just added a range of Gift Cards to our Online Shop. They are a great idea for any occasion – as a gift for a serious technical diver. Add it to your wish list and/or suggest it to your loved ones. The Gift Cards can be used in the Silent Thrill Online Shop or against any other purchases and bookings including courses and trips made with Silent Thrill.

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Red Sea Explorers UK

Silent Thrill is pleased to announce its latest venture. We will be providing CCR training, logistics and support for rebreather trips aboard the Red Sea Explorers liveaboards. Feel free to get in touch if you are looking to book either individual spaces, courses or complete charters!

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We are proud to announce that two of the leading figures in technical diving, photography and safety, Gareth Lock and Pawel Szopinski have come together to form Red Sea Explorers UK, the sole UK agent for Red Sea Explorers who are the leading provider of recreational and technical liveaboards in the Red Sea region.

Red Sea Explorers provides a first rate, technically-orientated, safety-minded dive experience on two quality liveaboards, MV Tala and MV Nouran. They are able to cater for single-tank recreational dives, twinset and multi-stage OC technical and CCR dives on all of their trips. Banked 32% nitrox, high pressure helium and O2, sorb, CCR and stage tanks as well as scooters are available on all trips. RSE is recommended as one of the best technical diving operations in the area.

If you are interested in learning more about their facilities, itineraries and prices, please visit their website at www.redseaexplorers.co.uk.

Team:
Pawel Szopinski is a passionate and experienced rebreather diver who is also an active ANDI, TDI and PADI instructor. As a TDI Advanced Mixed Gas CCR Instructor and an ANDI Technical Trimix Rebreather Instructor, Pawel can teach rebreather classes on the Hammerhead CCR including Trimix in both English and Polish. He believes that diving can be easy and very enjoyable until it goes wrong. Untrained divers only see the easy part as they are not prepared for what can go wrong. Pawel aims to improve it.

Gareth Lock is a well published underwater photographer specialising in cold water wreck photography. He provides UW photography training both in the UK and the Red Sea using Red Sea Explorers as his liveaboard of choice.

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