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University Releases Stunning 3D Images Of SS Thistlegorm

The SS Thistlegorm, one of the most famous wreck dives in the world, has been surveyed by a team from Nottingham University. The team performed 12 dives on the wreck in July 2017, and took 24,307 high resolution photos during the dives.

Using the photos combined with photogrammetry techniques, the university has released some stunning 3D images of the wreck. According to the BBC, the work is part of Project Thistlegorm, which aims to preserve a video record of the wreck, and create a virtual 360 diving tour of the ship.

According to Dr. Jon Henderson who led the project:

“The Thistlegorm is an amazing resource, it’s a remarkable snapshot in history, it’s got all this material from World War Two sitting on it and so there is a lot to learn from the wreck,”

The S.S. Thistlegorm was sunk in the Red Sea by German bombers in 1941, and was lost until the early fifties when it was found by none other than Jacques Cousteau. Since then, it has become one of the most famous wreck dives in the world.

You can view the photos at the Thistlegorm project here, or check out a video of the Thistlegorm below.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for