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The Chrisoula K was a general cargo vessel, 98m long and 15m wide, that was launched in 1954. She was on her way from Italy to Saudi Arabia with a cargo of Italian granite floor tiles, when she ran aground on Abu Nuhas in May 1978. It happened after she developed steering problems during a storm. All 21 crew members escaped unscathed and were picked up by rescue units of the Egyptian navy. The ship was declared a total loss because the weight of the cargo had her firmly stuck in the reef.
The Wreck Today
The main body of the wreck is upright with her cargo of Italian floor tiles still in place. The stern is now leaning well over to starboard and is slowly separating of bollards, capstans and railings. From the decks, the rear mast hangs in mid-water almost parallel to the seabed. In the centre of the ship there is a small accommodation block through which access is gained down to the engine room, which offers some serious penetration diving for the experienced wreck diver. The entrance is quite small and care has to be taken. Ideal for buddy pairs, but not recommended when diving in groups. Be careful once inside the engine room not to enter the transmission shaft, because the tunnel is quite small and impossible to turn around in. Also in the centre of the ship is a small workshop with a bench drill on one side and a laithe on the other.
At the seabed, the large propeller and rudder are still virtually undamaged at the maximum depth of this dive of 26m. In front of the propeller there is a big tear in the wreck, through which you can penetrate the cargo holds and see the tiles. The superstructure provides a few easy, shallow swim-through’s. The bow is in shallow water and mostly intact, although there is a lot of damage from wave action. The top of the bow is only 2m deep.