The world’s most famous shipwreck: SS Thistlegorm

Unearthing shipwrecks is a pretty fascinating trade to always be in the hunt find some genuinely beguiling treasury, historical artifacts, clues to mysteries, and millions of ancient relics just like these World War II-era Norton 16H motorcycles found under the greatest shipwrecks in one of the most famous dive sites in the world.

This photo captured by Tobias Friedrich, a professional photographer from 2007, won the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 award at UPY London. Dozens of Nortons were found in their Watery Grave in a famous shipwreck of the British World War II SS Thistlegorm near the Sinai Peninsula of the Red Sea. The photo has been titled as the “Cycle War”.

This photo of Norton 16H bikes won the Underwater Photographer of the Year
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Friedrich was planning to take this shot of the Thistlegorm hold for quite some time now but couldn’t do it since the walls of the holding room wouldn’t allow him any space to go backward. But finally, he decided to take a panoramic shot of the same scene to capture the whole cargo deck and added some lights that give the image more depth.

The beautiful image shows Norton 16H motorcycles settled in the cargo hold of Fordson trucks that were amongst other war supplies that were heading to Alexandria, Egypt. They included BSA motorcycles, boots, uniforms, rifles, ammunition, aircraft parts and steam locomotives bound for Allied forces fighting in Egypt.

This photo of Norton 16H bikes won the Underwater Photographer of the Year
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The SS Thistlegorm was struck by German bombers in 1941 sending it to the sea floor, where the cargo has been eerily frozen in time. Friedrich’s photo was selected the best amongst 5,000 underwater pictures where Peter Rowlands, chair of the judges, added, “This is a quite extraordinary shot which must be viewed as large as possible. The artistic skill is to visualize such an image and the photographic talent is to achieve it.”

He even called this shot "perfectly lit and composed" and predicts "there will never be a better shot of this subject." We cannot make an argument with that one.

This photo of Norton 16H bikes won the Underwater Photographer of the Year
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