WW2 shipwreck 3D images released

The Thistlegorm Project

New 3D images of one of the most popular in the world of the second World War, the dive sites were released to the public.

British merchant steam ship SS Thistlegorm was hit by a German bomber in 1941 and is located on the bed of the Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt.

The Thistlegorm Project, conducted by the University of Nottingham, may help to preserve its precious remains.

Director, Dr. Jon Henderson said the wreck she deserved to be seen by a wider audience.

The Thistlegorm Project

The Thistlegorm Project

A website was launched to allow people to view the images.

The SS Thistlegorm was carrying trains, aircraft parts, trucks and motorcycles, to go into Egypt to support the war effort ally when it was hit.

Five Royal Navy gunners, four merchant seamen lost their lives.

The wreck has become one of the most famous dive sites in the world due to the clear water and military equipment on board.

Dr Henderson, from the university of School of Archaeology, said: “The thing about dive sites, and the importance of the underwater cultural heritage is that the only people who have ever seen are the divers.

“However, we are now at a point where we have the technology to rebuild these sites.”

The Thistlegorm Project

The university said the photogrammetric survey has been one of the largest ever built on a ship with 24,307 high-resolution photos taken during the 12 dives at the site.

“The Thistlegorm is an amazing resource, and’ a beautiful picture of history, not all of this material, from the second World War, sitting on it, and then there is much to learn from the wreckage,” said Dr. Henderson.

The Thistlegorm Project

The university said the underwater archaeological project was one of the first to use the 360 video, that will allow people to experience what it is like to dive to the wreck.

Dr, Henderson said that the wreck had no legal protection and needed to be properly recorded.

“Implementation of a baseline survey (like this one) exactly what is there is the first step to do it,” he said.

We can therefore chart changes in the course of time and look at what we need to protect.”