Treasure trove of classic trucks and motorcycles in holds of British merchant ship on the bottom of the Red Sea


                        Loaded on the ship were a wide range of military vehicles bound for
                        to Alexandria, Egypt for the British 8th Army.(photo courtesy of London Daily Mail)

Comments Charles McCain:

“Egypt had been a tributary state of the Ottoman Empire until the British invaded in 1882, and established a protectorate over Egypt. The most important reason the British seized Egypt was to control the Suez Canal, one of the most strategic and critical waterways in the world.

A key to the power and ability of the British Empire to rule 1/5 of the globe was their control of the most critical maritime chokepoints in the world. This control magnified their influence and power making them the most important country in the world.

Gibraltar remains a British crown colony and that allows the British to control the Strait of Gibraltar which is the entrance and exit to the Mediterranean. Because half of the world’s seaborne trade passes through the Strait, it remains the most strategically important maritime chokepoint in the world.


Germans Sink British Freighter

SS Thistlegorm Carrying Trucks, Motorcycles, and all sorts of things now at the bottom of the Red Sea.

Lest We Forget: four members of the merchant crew perished, along with five members of the supplementary Navy crew serving on the ship.

British Army Bedford truck on freighter sunk in red sea WW Two

British Merchant Navy ship carrying military vehicles to Egpyt sunk in the Red Sea during the Second World War by German Aircraft

from London Daily Mail  of 23 May 2014

by Leon Watson

  • British Merchant Navy ship the SS Thistlegorm sank after it was bombed in 1941
  • The 128-metre-long vessel has lain 30m beneath the Red Sea for 73 years 
  • Still contained within the rusting cargo hold are a wide range of military vehicles
  • They were being transported by the ship from Glasgow to Alexandria, Egypt 

Motorbikes inside the hold of the SS Thistlegorm, a British Merchant Navy ship that sank after it was bombed by two German planes in 1941.

(photo courtesy of London Daily Mail)

There are more photographs of the sunken ship and cargo at the Daily Mail link here:

British Army trucks at bottom of Red Sea

 British Merchant Navy SS Thistlegorm with British Army trucks bound for Egypt now 100 feet down on the bottom of the Red Sea.


(photo by Albert Kok2 courtesy of Wikipedia)

By this time in the war, almost all British merchant ships were armed to defend against air attacks, German raiders, or surfaced U-Boats. These were known as DEMS (defensively equipped merchant ships).

A handful of Royal Navy sailors and merchant sailors aboard every ship had been trained to use the guns. Almost all guns fixed to British merchant ships were vintage World War One. They weren’t that useful but made a lot of noise.


British army motorcycles resting quietly beneath the sea

the Wikipedia link is here: