The Rosalie Moller was one of the many bulk cargo carriers built in the early 20th century by Barclay Curle & Co in Glasgow. She was designed to run Atlantic convoys in World War II. The Rosalie Moller was launched as the Francis in 1910. Her triple expansion engines allowed the 3,920 tonnes vessel to sail at 10 knots.
In 1931, she was sold to the Moller Line and renamed to the Rosalie Moller and was used on the China route based out of Shanghai to deliver coal along the coast. As war was nearing, the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) requisitioned her and she started to deliver coal in British Waters and occasionally as far south as Gibraltar.
After an engine refit and general overhaul in 1941, she was loaded with Welsh Coal and forced to sail independently around the Cape of Good Hope to avoid the German navy in the Mediterranean. Captain James Byrne left the UK in August 1941 and sailed along the African coast, arriving in Durban in early September.
She left a few days later on September 11 along the East coast of Africa, stopping in Aden on her way to the Suez Canal. On 6th October she arrived at Safe Anchorage Point "H" (considered to be safe as it was considered to far South for the German bombing squadrons cased in Crete - however, the German Luftwaffe had just mastered the art of nigh flying and were venturing further South) to await signal for clear passage through the Suez and to Alexandria.
On the night of 6th October, she was illuminated by the explosion from the Thistlegorm, which allowed the bombers to identify her and return 48 hours later to sink her on the 8th October 1941.
A bomb hit the starboard side at 00:45 hrs, striking Hold No. 3, when a low flying He111 attacked her. She sank 01:40 on 8th October with two crew missing.
The wreck is very clean and intact. The prop and rudder are worth checking out due to their size. It is possible to penetrate the wreck, but the best bits are on the outside, where there is abundant sea life. She is usually covered with glass fish and you will often find large school of scorpion fish hunting them. There is also a good chance here for reef sharks.