Unlucky Rosalie Moller becomes the great dive

Added on Mar 12, 2018

Reaching the southern end of the Suez Canal in the fall of 1941, a ship anchored up on one of the so-called safe anchorages. This particular one was called “Safe Anchorage H.” 

German pilots had managed to extend their range, and on October 6th, they found and struck the Thistlegorm. With bombs hitting its munitions depot, the explosion was so powerful that it briefly lit up the night sky and exposed the other unlucky ship, the Rosalie Moller, to the pilots. They returned later, attacked, and sank the unlucky ship.
The Rosalie Moller suffered much the same fate as the Thistlegorm, something that later lead many divers to consider the two wrecks closely related, even though they had little to do with each other. Originally a merchant transport ship, the Rosalie Moller was called into service at the beginning of World War II, like many other British ships. Its final mission was to transport a full load of Welsh coal to Alexandria, but with the Axis powers controlling the Mediterranean, the only route was by way of South Africa, the Red Sea, and the Suez Canal.
After the War, raw materials were in short supply and throughout the Gulf of Suez many lost ships were raised and salvaged whilst others were cleared as hazards to shipping.
In two independent and separate accounts, the Rosalie Moller is recorded as being "raised and broken up" after the War, even though it never was!
This fantastic Red Sea Wreck allows divers to complete some very deep dives. The Rosalie Moller Wreck is a great deep dive for experienced divers only. You can either dive on a regular single tank or with tech-diving equipment for a longer bottom time.
There are many different marine species that can be seen and this makes it a very interesting dive. Given the depth and the size of the wreck, divers should try to spend more than one dive exploring the wreck and ideally, several visits should be made to get a good look at the boat.
Inside the various rooms, divers will find the many cardinal fish, as well as glassfish, juvenile fusiliers and yellowtail barracuda that congregate on the deck. Trevally and tuna are also found on and around the decking, hunting for the smaller fish on the wreck.