More than 360,000 bombs and 60 boxes of incendiary bombs and other explosives are stowed in the 5 holds. Cars, aircraft parts as well as cement bags and other building materials.
The route leads the "Umbria" via Messina in Sicily to Port Said, from where it is to sail through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to East Africa.
After arriving in Port Said on June 3, it bunkers another 1,000 tons of coal and 130 tons of water. 23 British Navy soldiers and 2 pilots board here. In view of the impending entry of war between Italy and England, the passage of the canal is deliberately delayed. So the "Umbria" with her explosive cargo leaves Suez only 3 days later.
From now on she pursues the gunboat "Grimsby". It stops the freighter at Port Sudan on the grounds that it is in British sovereign waters. The "Umbria" anchors on June 9th at Wingate Reef.
Under the pretext of wanting to search the ship for contraband, Lieutenant Steves led 22 soldiers from New Zealand cruiser "Leander" on board. They immediately occupied the strategically important points and started a time-consuming search.
In the afternoon, Captain Muiesan in his cabin hears via radio that Italy will declare war at 7:00 p.m. and that the first acts of war can be expected from 12:00 a.m. the following day.
It is clear to Muiesan that he must not waste any more time so that the strategically important cargo does not fall into enemy hands. Together with the first officer Radolfo Zarli and the flight engineer Carlo Costa, he plans the sinking.
The inconspicuous evacuation of the crew is causing them difficulties.
Finally, Muiesan suggests Lieutenant Steves to conduct a rescue exercise, which he approves in the hope that he will be able to hold on to the "Umbria" even more. As the Italians begin the exercise, Steves receives news of severe water ingress throughout the ship on the bridge After a few minutes and with the ship's flank increasing, he realizes that he can no longer prevent the sinking.
On board the "Gimsby", Muiesan tells him that Italy was entering the war and that he had given the order to sink himself.
He then went to India with his crew before the outbreak of war in captivity.
On a detour into the blue water you can meet individual specimens or even schools of hammerheads and gray reef sharks. After returning to the plateau, continue the dive with the reef on the right.
We are now on the eastern ridge of the reef, swimming through clouds of fish who are absolutely indifferent to our presence. At the bottom at a depth of 45 meters there is a series of small plateaus that are richly overgrown with soft corals and gorgonians. Here you will also find different types of reef fish and schools with large buffalo-head parrot fish nibbling on corals.
At Shaab Loka you will find a gently sloping slope from the island. A container ship stranded here about 50 years ago and has been rotting away ever since. The reef is fantastic covered with all kinds of corals and an incredible variety of scurrying fish.
Loka - North
The dive starts at the northern corner of Loka Island - walls and infinite depths.
A beautiful balcony platform can be found along the wall. It is not very large, approx. 50 x 25 m, with a huge block of coral, which in turn is surrounded by barracudas. The entire platform is littered with so many fish that you can only guess at the corals.
After arrival in Port Sudan transfer to the boat.
Check in, dinner and spending the first night on board in the marina.
Departure in the morning.
Instruction on the boat,
Diving, safety and equipment briefing.
Dive at Preserver reef and Tamashiya
Night dive at Tamashiya
Two dives at Dahrat Abida
One dive at Daraka
Night dive at Daraka if possible
Night dive at Tamashiya
Night dive at Shaab Ambar
Two dives at Jumna Reef
One dive at Sanganeb south
Night dive at SS Umbria
Two dives at SS Umbria
Head to Port.
At least 20 hour safety rest before flying would be given to all participants.
Handing trip educational material/ videos.
Breakfast and check out.
Transfer to the airport.