Aida II Wreck / Egypt

Aida II Wreck
   Aida II Wreck was built in France in 1911 by request of Egypt Marine Authorities. The ship, 75m/246ft long and 10m/32ft wide, could go at the speed of 9 knots. She was intended for transportation of the troops during the Second World War and was sunk by German bombers in 1941. However, the captain managed to move the vessel to the shallow waters in time and after the end of the war the Egyptians lifted her up and repaired.
   After this she was used for the transportation of the Egyptian soldiers and also for food and fresh water delivery. In 1957 she struck against the reef near Big Brother Island and sunk.
   For about half a century a huge marine monster has been lying on the sea bottom. Her lowest point is at 60m/196ft depth, while its upper point is at 25m/82ft. Her exterior is almost unchanged, although the wooden barriers inside are almost destroyed. However, divers can get a great number of impressions while swimming into the cabins and holds.
What to see: the hull of the ship covered with a coral carpet which ornament was created of colorful “precious stones” by nature itself. Tunny fish are the most popular marine dwellers here.
Depth: 25-70m/82-229ft
Currents: strong
Visibility: 20-40m/65-131ft
Season for diving: All year long. The average temperature in January is 19-21C/66F and in July 29-30C/84-86F, the warmest temperature is about 29C/84F in August.


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