Rosalie Moller Wreck
The Rosalie Moller is another Red Sea legacy of World War II. This 110m coal ship was bombed in 1940 by German aircraft and sank into 50m of water, just off Gubal Island in the northern Hurghada area.
This wreck is an excellent deep dive and requires advanced certification since you'll descend down the buoy line onto the companionway and the main deck at 32m. For this reason, it will take you several dives at this Hurghada dive site to orientate yourself due to the necessarily short bottom times.
If you decide to explore the stern area then you'll make your way over the collapsed funnel, past the engineers accommodation and engine room, the bomb blast hole on the port side, the galley and life boat deck, finally to descend down to the immense propeller and rudder. This is the deepest portion of the wreck as the seabed upon which the ship rests slopes gently from bow to stern. The main deck at the stern is 36m deep.
To explore the bow of the ship you'll swim past the bridge, passenger saloon, to the winch area. Take a diving torch and look inside the rooms. They are packed full of cardinalfish and the deck is crawling with juvenile fusiliers, yellowtail barracuda and glassfish. Of course, such an immense mass of juvenile fish attracts some of the hunters you can find when scuba diving in Hurghada such as trevally and tuna. Over the bow lurk several meaty groupers, close to the anchor chain.
It is possible to penetrate the wreck through the large cargo hold entrances on the main deck. The holds have 2 levels. However, there is very little to be seen of interest that can't be seen from the outside; just some bags of coal. And the lower level is very silty and this can be very hazardous at such depths.
To end this adventurous Hurghada dive you can either make your way back to the buoy line amidships or climb the crow's nest to 22m and then swim southeasterly 20-30m or so to pick up the ascent line.
Rosalie Moller Reef Basics: Wreck dive
Depth: 30 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Surface conditions: Can be choppy
Water temperature: 22 - 28°C
Experience level: Advanced only
Number of dive sites: 2
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 45 km (2¾ hrs) north of Hurghada, 50 km (3½ hrs) SW of Sharm El Sheikh
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