The British warship “Havok” bears testament to Tunisia’s history.

The British warship “Havok” bears testament to Tunisia’s history.

The waters near the coast of “Hammam al-Aghzaz” in the governorate of Nabeul, northeastern Tunisia, still include several of the participating ships, most notably the British destroyer “Havok,” despite the fact that it has been decades since WWII ended.

These ships are not visible from the shore in the eye, but on October 4, 2013, an Algerian boat was suspended over it, becoming an 8-year-old sign of its presence beneath it, including the destroyer “Havok,” which sank in April 1940 while Britain was among the Allied forces.

The British warship Havok bears testament to Tunisia's history.
The British warship Havok bears testament to Tunisia’s history.

The small Algerian boat visible on the horizon is the last of the passers-by who became stuck in the sand near the beach of “Sidi Mansour” (Cap Mellah – as it is known among the city’s residents) and were unable to escape.

“The British destroyer Havoc was going through the Strait of Sidi Mansour beach towards Gibraltar for repair after being hit by Axis ships (Germany, Italy, and Japan) in World War II (1939-1945),” Tunisian researcher Mazar bin Hassan told Anadolu Agency 70 years ago.


“However, on April 6, 1942, the destroyer ran aground and became stuck in the sands of Sidi Mansour beach, and its entire English crew was arrested by the French Vichy government (which was driven by Germany) and transferred to Laghouat prison in Algeria, before releasing those who remained alive,” Ben Hassan continued. Following the Allies’ victory over the Axis at the end of World War II.

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“Oral tradition among the people of the bath of al-Aghzaz confirms that the ship has not left its place since that date,” he said, “and divers from the region or visitors can approach its structure or what remains of it, as it is still fixed in its place despite the passage of about 70 years since its sinking.”

“The sunken destroyer Havok has become part of the identity of the Bath of Ghazzas and a tourist destination,” he said, “because it spent three years cruising (made in Scotland and its journey began in 1937) in the Atlantic Ocean to pursue German ships at the start of World War II, before participating in campaigns to protect smaller ships in the Mediterranean until the date of its sinking.”

bath with a puzzle

bath with a puzzle
“Despite the sinking of many boats, including the war destroyer Havok, which experienced wars and ended its journey before the end of World War II, leaving little rubble on top of the Algerian fishing boat Star, to break the lead, the beach of Hammam Al-Aghzaz is a haven of peace, peace, and security,” Ben Hassan continued. The photo was taken from the enormous ship (98.5 meters long, 10.1 meters wide, 3.8 meters high).

The destroyer “Havok,” which means “Baz bird” in Arabic (or “Al-Barni” in Tunisian), bears evidence to the history of the Hammam al-Aghzaz region, which has served as a port of call for ships and a crossing for fishermen and passers-by for generations. The city was built by Turkish immigrants from the empire in the 18th century AD. Ottoman.

The city’s name is made up of two parts: “Hammam” refers to an ancient Roman spa located tens of meters beneath the waves, and “Al-Aghzaz” refers to the city’s Turkish founders, who hail from the Anatolian “Al-Ghaz” tribes.

One of the dozens or hundreds of similar ships that parked and ended their journey for reasons beyond their control, a witness to history hugging the bottom of the shore and telling a story passed down through generations with increases or decreases that make no difference in the reality of the captivating beach’s beauty, which is a distinguished destination for internal tourism every summer.

Anadolu Agency is the source of this information.

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