Good Reading : November 2004
44 goodreading coffee table ‘For those of us who dive there is a magical moment when you dive to a wreck; you descend deeper into the blue sea, and only the noise of bubbles breaks the silence.You suddenly see the outline of the ship and can begin to decipher its fragments.This is the thrill you’ll experience,’ says Egidio Trainito, editor of a new book called Wrecks:The World’s Best Dive Sites. The book focuses on the most beautiful and interesting wrecks, rather than the most famous. It gives the history of the chosen wrecks and tells you the best way to approach them plus what you can expect to find there. One featured wreck is the Thistlegorm, an English ar med cargo ship built in 1940. In September 1941 she sailed from Glasgow bound for Egypt with her holds and decks full of military material for the British Army in North Africa. Her inventory included Jeeps, Morris auto- mobiles, BSA and Norton motorcycles, two locomotives with their cars, aeroplane wings, boxes of Lee-Enfield five fathoms The after section, separated from the rest of the ship, rests on its port side on the sea floor. The Thistlegorm as she was when launched from the shipyard at Sunderland in 1940.
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