Home Spot Light SS Maidan's secret revealed !

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.

 

Read More in H2O


10.jpg
The family Scorpaenidae is composed by several subfamilies which have in common a large and spiny head with a bony crest on the
ism.jpg
Have you heard about ISM? You probably haven’t. Neither had we until we spoke with Engineer Abdo Abd El Karim, the Director of Marine
hamada.jpg
By: PETER COLLINGS, SS1 PLATINUM PRO 5000Since witnessing the sinking of the Giannis D in 1983 Peter Collings has commuted between England and the
Banner

Coming Issue

 

Next edition in English

    next English issue will be available in March  ...

Calendar of events

September 2020 October 2020
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
Post Your Event Post Your Event

More Articles

OUR KIDS AND DIVING

Is the child a small adult when it comes to diving? Definitely NOT. Participation of children in scuba diving is growing every year. Instructors, dive masters, parents and pediatricians are all...
Read More...

The Death of Ships

Text & Photos: Mike Ward The northern Red Sea was a dangerous place for shipping in the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1869, the Carnatic struck Abu Nuhas. In 1876, the Dunraven hit what ...
Read More...

DAHAB Life

Dahab. My home. Well, not really my home (I'm from Germany), but I have been coming to Dahab for more than 10 years and it has become my second home. I love the diving here and the surrounding desert....
Read More...

The Stingers! Lion, Scorpion and Stone

The family Scorpaenidae is composed by several subfamilies which have in common a large and spiny head with a bony crest on the cheek. ...
Read More...

A brief history of HEPCA in the Red Sea

By: Chris Wood The Red Sea is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world with many endemic species living on them, (meaning they are only found in the Red Sea). There are many pres...
Read More...

H2O Newsletter


Get diving news, trends, and business information delivered directly to your inbox!

Advertisement

Banner