SS Thistlegorm – Book Now Available!

Co-authored by Simon Brown, Jon Henderson, Alex Mustard and Mike Postons, the book is a detailed 3D digital guide to the famous Thistlegorm wreck in the Egyptian Red Sea and represents an exciting new way to present shipwrecks.


Update – The Captain’s Room

Filling in the Gaps

After scanning the SS Thistlegorm last year we knew  much had been covered, but there were areas missed. The stern crew quarters was one area, and the Captain’s Room another. The crew quarters were a little cramped to squeeze the camera in but the Captain’s Room – the area directly below the bridge – was simply overlooked.


Image by Simon Brown/

Digital Elevation Models – Data Meets Art

The Data

Digital Elevation Models (DEM) are a very effective way of visually communicating the height of an object. As the colours shift from red (shallow) to blue (deep) the elevation or depth of an object like a wreck on the seabed is quickly understood. With the photogrammetry survey of the SS Thistlegorm extending over 5 acres we can see exactly how the depth water over the ship changes:


Ortho Photos – Massive Detail

Ortho what?

With the 3D model built, it is possible to create a single, massive scaled and GPS referenced 2D image of the site – an ortho photo. In the case of the SS Thistlegorm we have 5:


Project Launch

The time is 01:30am on the 6th October 2017.  This marks the 76th anniversary of the sinking of the S.S. Thistlegorm, and the launch of ‘The Thistlegorm Project’.

An ongoing underwater archaeological survey project recording the remains of the SS Thistlegorm shipwreck in the Red Sea, using cutting edge digital techniques to raise awareness of the wreck and to help ensure it preservation for future generations.



Fieldwork Complete

The fieldwork for The Thistlegorm Project is now complete.  The international team of archaeologists, divers and digital technicians are now on their way back to Hurghada ready to begin the task of post processing the several terabytes of data collected over the past 10 days.


Final Dive – 360 Video

Today marks our final dive on the S.S. Thistlegorm wreck.  Jon Henderson and Mike Postons have spent the last 7 days recording underwater 360 degree video from around the wreck, both inside and out.


3D Processing Begins

Over the past 6 days Simon has been navigating every inch of the Thistlegorm wreck.  Spending a total of 806 minutes (13hrs 43mins) capturing over 24,307 high resolution images, amounting to 637Gb.  After completing the final dive this data is now ready to be processed into digital 3D models through photogrammetry techniques.


The Survey Begins

An international team of archaeologists, divers and digital technicians has assembled in Hurghada and is now on site at the S.S. Thistlegorm wreck.