Un­der­wa­ter graves

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Ger­man photograph­er To­bias Friedrich has taken out the pres­ti­gious Un­der­wa­ter Photograph­er of the Year award for his photo of World War II Nor­ton 16H mo­tor­cy­cles ly­ing on the back of Ford­son WOT 3 trucks, them­selves loaded on the British naval ship SS Thistle­gorm. The ves­sel was dis­patched from Glas­gow, Scot­land on June 2, 1941, bound for Alexan­dria, Egypt, when the Ger­man Luft­waffe bombed her and sank the ves­sel in the Red Sea. The Nor­tons have been ly­ing dor­mant on the ocean floor ever since, undis­turbed un­til now. Also sub­mit­ted for judg­ing at this year’s awards was an­other shot from the Thistle­gorm, by Swe­den’s An­ders Ny­berg – a rather stun­ning and haunt­ing im­age of a BSA M20, bound for Egypt and now frozen in time.

De­tail of To­bias Friedrich’s award win­ning pho­to­graph of Nor­ton 16H mo­tor­cy­cles aboard the SS Thistle­gorm in the Red Sea.

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