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Once you reach the spot, you will find a marker buoy with marking the location and it will read "Seistan WK".
How? By boat
Distance Good boat time (< 30min)
Easy to find? Easy to find
Average depth 12 m / 39.4 ft
Max depth 14 m / 45.9 ft
Current Low ( < 1 knot)
Visibility Low ( < 5 m)
Dive site quality Good
Experience CMAS ** / AOW
Bio interest Interesting
- Boat trafic
Follow the chain on the buoy to the bottom and then take a heading of 165 degrees.
The wreck is in multiple sections. The first one will be small and slightly scattered and eventually you will reach the main wreck.
History (from Wrecksite.eu): At 9.35pm on the evening of February 19th 1958 the 7,440 ton British cargo vessel "Seistan" blew up in a shattering explosion in the Bahrain Explosives anchorage at Sitra. The explosion killed 57 people consisting of ships crew, stevedores and a tug crew alongside.The vessel had been carrying a mixed cargo which included cases of Toe Puff, a substance described in the "Dangerous Cargoes aboard Shi ps" listing as; Several layers of fabric impregnated with cellulose nitrate solvent, rosin and dye.
Liable to spontaneous combustion. To be packed in hermetically sealed tins and packed in wooden cases and to be stowed away from inflammable cargo and not in the same hold as explosives. Two cases of this material had been stowed in No. 5 hold which also contained 156 tons of commercial explosive consisting of Geophex and gelatine together with cases of safety fuses and detonators.On 17th February 1958 as the vessel was entering the Arabian Gulf, via the Mediterranean and Red Sea, smoke was seen issuing from a deck ventilator in the vicinity of No. 5 hold. The hold was immediately filled with steam to smother any flames. The steam smothering continued until 5.30 am on 18th February when the vessel anchored at Sitra where it was decided to discharge the explosives.
Some 75 tons were subsequently discharged and steam smothering resumed.During the day the vessel was moved closer to the port. That evening, February 19th 1958, a glow was observed in the vicinity of No. 5 hold. Minutes later, at 9.35pm, a vast explosion blew the vessel in two - leaving a huge pall of smoke rising into the night sky. The shock wave from the explosion was felt in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In Awali, the cinema screen shook like jelly. The ship's stern was completely shattered, the after part of the main deck being wrapped over the superstructure as if it were the top of a sardine can'. What remained of the vessel caught fire and sank by the stern in 4 0 feet of water leaving the bow and foredeck above the surface.The explosion killed Captain Chappel, almost the entire Indian crew in the after part of the vessel and five crew members of a tug alongside.
There were 18 survivors. Three victims of the Seistan disaster remain in the cemetery.
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