El Kahira

   
Depth : 60m
Dive type : Wreck
Location : 50 15' 65N 1 54' 84W 
Travel time to site :   0H :00M
Price per diver:   £60.00

 

 

El Kahira SS was a British Cargo Steamer built in 1892 and off 2,034 tons. On the 9th July 1922 when on route from London for various Italian ports with a cargo of 1,310 tons of bagged sugar she foundered in violent Summer storm, gale and heavy rain conditions and sank.

She sailed into these conditions even thou she was unfit to be at sea. She had been moored on the Thames for the past 2 years. Was over due a survey and it was know by her owners that her boilers were defective, 2 out of six life boats were in serviceable condition and the equipment for lowering the life boats had perished. Her owners allowed her to go to sea without a wireless installation, as required by law then.

She lies in 60m, her boilers and engine are broken and displaced but are the highest parts of the wreck. Stands about 7m on shingle/gravel seabed

Bows to the north east

Vessel: Steam ship, steel screw steamer

Completed; 1892

Tonnage: 2034 ton gross

Length: 300'    Breadth: 37' 5"

Depth of holds: 15' 8"

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