Roots Expedition May 2018 • Day #6
by Mark Moore | 23rd May 2018
The wreck of the Salem Express, which lies in the sea off Safaga, is treated with great reverence by the Egyptians because of the great loss of life resulting from her sinking.
The Salem Express was a Roll-on/roll-off car and passenger ferry that operated between the ports of Safaga (in Egypt) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). The ship was constructed in 1964 in the La Seyne-sur-Mer shipyards in France and launched under the name Fred Scamaroni in 1966. After going through several owners and names, the ship was acquired by Hussein Salem, an Egyptian businessman and a confidant of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.