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SS Maidan's secret revealed !

If you think there are no more secrets hiding in the deep waters of the Red Sea you are mistaken. Many rumours as to the whereabouts of the wreck of the British Steamship Maidan have circulated among Red Sea wreck lovers, but no precise location had been established so far.

The Steamship Maidan, an impressive 500 feet (152.4 m) long cargo vessel, displacing 8205 tons, was built by W. Hamilton & Co. (Glasgow, UK) and launched in March 1902. Owned and operated by T. & J. Brocklebank, she covered the trade routes between the main European Ports and India.

Her final journey started off from Calcutta, India, heading for Europe, across the waters of the Red Sea.
She hit the southern shores of Rocky Island in the Southern Egyptian Red Sea, in the night of June 9th 1923, and sunk the next day into "deep water".
   
Her passengers and crew, who had landed on the island in the morning of June 10th, were rescued that same day by the SS Warwickshire.

With this information in the back of their minds, a team of Trimix Closed Circuit Rebreather divers, set out to find the wreck of the SS Maidan. They followed the lead given to them by Captain Nagy, one of the most experienced and famous captains of the Egyptian Red Sea.

Finally, in October 2003, after many dives and many unsuccessful attempts, they were able to establish the exact position of the wreck, and to obtain the first photographs and video footage of the vessel, thus discovering the final resting place of the SS Maidan.The SS Maidan now lies at a fair distance from the shores of Rocky Island at a depth of between 80 to 120 meters, partially on her side.
 
She exhibits vast coral growth, even at that depth, and her structure is almost intact, making her an exceptional wreck dive.

Nevertheless, the dives carried out on the wreck make it clear that she can only be accessible to experienced, Advanced Trimix divers, catered for on a liveaboard vessel fully equipped for technical diving.

In addition to the great depth in which the SS Maidan lies, a free descent into the blue to reach her, as well as the changeable currents around Rocky Island, have to be carefully taken into account when planning to dive this wreck.

 

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