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Sunday, June 13, 2021

“Abu al-Nahas Triangle” … a ship cemetery in the Red Sea to rival the Bermuda Triangle

You might think that when we talk about ship graves, we will necessarily deal with the stories that lived through the Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, or that we will show the aspects of that life that thousands of camels live under the ships of the Aral Sea, or that we will discuss the conditions in the largest ship dismantling docks in Karachi, Pakistan. Or, in the Indian Alang, or even in Bangladeshi Chittagong, in the Egyptian seas they do not sing us about these names, even if they are unknown to most Egyptians.

At a distance of approximately 35 km, specifically to the west of Shadwan Island, facing the city of Hurghada, the Abu al-Nahas reef area is located, it looks triangular in shape like the Bermuda Triangle, a quiet area without deadly watery blood, except that it is characterized by deadly coral reefs, which often represented A deadly danger, arms of reefs that cannot be seen with the naked eye, even though they are found in the corridors of the ships themselves.

To this day, researchers have not been able to count the number of ships, although some assert that their number reaches seven huge ships, respectively, the “SS Carnatic”, which sank in 1896, and the “Kimon M”, which sank in 1978, The ship “Olden”, which sank in 1987, the ship “Chryscula K”, sank in 1981, the ship “Giannis D”, and sank in 1983, and that region has attracted diving and exploration enthusiasts around the world for a century.

The Sha`ab Abu Al-Nahhas area, and despite the presence of more than twenty sites for sunken and wrecked ships, it is the only area that contains the wreckage of 5 giant ships, some of which are located at a depth of more than 30 meters, owned by the Maritime Ports Authority, and the Ministry of Environment seeks to preserve the debris in that Location, as their presence at the bottom helps relieve pressure on the coral reef’s natural environment.

“The region feels for the ships.” With this phrase, divers and fishermen describe that area, even they assert that the sense of it that accompanies the ships sticks to its name, so it was known as “Abu Nahhas,” but some assert that its name was acquired from the sinking of one of the ships loaded with copper, As usual, each ship sunk in “Abu Nahas” has a story, a story, a country of origin and a cargo that differs from the other, although all of them share the cause of the sinking, which is “Abu Nahas”.

The British “Carnatic” ship is the oldest among the ships sunk in “Abu Nahas”. In 1896, during its last voyage to India, it collided with coral reefs that line the corridors. Although the ship was seriously injured, its captain refused the passengers to land on Shadwan Island in The beginning, but with the arrival of the water to the ship’s boilers, at a time when the water pumps were lost, he was finally forced to give up his stubbornness, and ordered them to disembark, after 31 passengers lost his life, including 5 passengers and 26 crew members.

The ship was loaded with gold, copper, wine and cotton, and the Bedouins, the indigenous people of the region, were able to salvage the cargo in the weeks following its sinking, so they were able to recover £ 40,000 worth of goods, and divers usually prefer to head to the wreck site, to enjoy seeing it full of coral Delicates, glass fish, crocodile fish, and lionfish.

Near it we can see the wreck of the Greek “Chrysolak”, a merchant ship that was carrying a cargo of tiles and stones, when it collided with the Abu Nahas people in 1978, which led to its sinking, and it is currently moored over the coral reefs, surrounded by many colorful fish. Some divers claim that it attracts ornamental fish, and on December 12 of the same year, the German ship “Kimon M” collided with those reefs and sank as well. It is one of the most beautiful sunken ships, and you can dive next to it, even if your diving skills are modest, because its roof is located on Depth of 6 meters above sea level, and its bottom at a depth of 32 meters.

Not six years have passed since the “Kimon M” sank, until the Greek cargo ship “Chrysula K” fell into the trap of Abu Nahas herbs, and sank on August 31, 1981. Two days after sailing, the ship’s captain lost control of it, and died on its last voyage to Jeddah She lay safely on the sea floor, keeping the boxes of goods she had carried until now, containing ceramic tiles.

Two years later, the “Abu Nahas” reefs caught the “Giannis D” ship, a cargo ship belonging to a Japanese company, built in 1969, and Greece bought it two years before its sinking. In April 1983 it began its last voyage from Croatia, to head to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia shipped a shipment of wood, and on its way it was passing through a narrow shipping lane, and as soon as it entered the open waters, the captain handed the rudder to one of his officers, and it seemed that the ship drifted from him to the west from its specified course, and rushed very quickly, causing it to sink, and on January 31, 1987 The German ship “Olden” sank in the same area.

Truly, to see the murdered in the arms of the killer for a unique experience, and not surpassed by the excitement, which you can see with your eyes in the depths of “Abu Nahas”, where shipwrecks surrounded by arms of the bright coral reefs.volume_upcontent_copysharestar_border

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