Sunken WW2 Nortons Win Underwater Photograph of the Year

John Burns
by John Burns

Norton 16H military motorcycles are among many objects that have been resting in the hold of SS Thistlegorm since she was sunk by a German bomber in the Red Sea in 1941. Now Thistlegorm has become a popular dive site, and one of those divers snapped a photo that beat out 5000 others for Underwater Photograph of the Year. Yes it’s a thing, since 1965.

sunken ww2 nortons win underwater photograph of the year

Tobias Friedrich went to a lot of trouble to get things lit and framed just so. The result of his effort really is amazing. Click on it to enlarge. More information here at

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