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The Kimon M was a general cargo vessel with 4 cargos holds – two forward and two behind the central bridge structure. She was built in 1952 and was 106 m long and 15m wide.
In December 1978, the Kimon M loaded 4.500 tons of bagged lentils in the Turkish port of Iskenderun and then left for Bombay. After staying awake for 2 days to navigate through the Strait of Suez, the captain handed over control to one of his officers and went below. It was not long before he was awakened by the Kimon M driving full speed into the north-east corner of Abu Nuhas. The ship stayed on top of the reef for two days during which time some of the cargo was recovered. Most of it was contaminated with seawater and had to be abandoned. Eventually the wind and current started pushing the ship off the reef and she sank. A passing cargo ship picked up all the crew and delivered them safely to Suez two days later.
The Wreck Today
The stern lies in 31m and offers a variety of different dives to cater for all levels of experience. For the more able diver, there is penetration through the various accommodation blocks right through to the engine room, for others there is the external investigation of numerous features which include the stern, a swim into open cargo holds, those same accommodation blocks and – of course – the bridge.
Being the least damaged, many features of the stern remain intact, complete with bollards, capstans, railings, etc. The decks themselves are, of course, vertical, and are already well colonized by small outcrops of coral and all the popular fishes one might expect to find on the nearby reef. Away from the decks, the main masts lie parallel to the seabed, although one of the booms still defies the inevitable laws of gravity and reaches straight upwards to within 6 m of the surface.