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Podstawowe informacje dotyczące wybranych wraków Malty

Archipelag Malty położony pomiędzy Europą i Afryką to od wieków ważny punkt strategiczny i handlowy. Główna atrakcją podwodną Malty są więc wraki pochodzące z różnych okresów historii. Część z nich została zatopiona w wyniku ludzkich pomyłek czy działań wojennych, inne zatapiano celowo jako atrakcje dla nurków. Na uwagę zasługuje wrak bombowca
z II wojny światowej. Duża ilość wraków znajduje się w okolicy stolicy wyspy. Głębokość na której spoczywają jest bardzo zróżnicowana i wynosi od kilku do kilkudziesięciu metrów. Niektóre z nich dostępne są z brzegu.


Location: 800m out from Xorb L-Ghagin
Maximum Depth: 42m

On the 13 December 1941 was sent out to bombing raid, after few minutes it has left the airport it was quickly attacked. The pilots decided to ditch the bomber near Xorb L-Ghagin. All the three crew escape with little injury. Nowadays the bomber is laying upright on a sandy bottom with the wings and centre fuselage still intact. This dive has to be done by boat.


Location: Valletta
Maximum Depth: 21m

HMS Maori joined HMS Cossack's division in January 1939, and was the last Tribal to go to war in the Mediterranean. She joined her sister Tribals in convoy escort duties before returning to the United Kingdom in October. She did mostly North Sea patrols until April 1940 when she took part in the Norwegian campaign. On the 5th of June, she was part of a fleet sailing to Iceland looking for German warships and then on June 20th she was sent to the Faeroe Islands. In January 1941, the HMS MAORI joined HMS COSSACK, HMS SIKH and HMS ZULU, in convoy escort duty in the Western Approaches. While engaged in this work, the destroyers participated in the search of the BISMARK. On 12th February 1941, while anchored at the entrance of Dockyard Creek, she was hit by a bomb that found it's way into her Engine and Gear Room. The Tribal blew up and despite all effort to save her sank, her forepart still showing above water. The wreck was scuttled outside Grand Harbour, the front half now lying in 14 m of water inside Marsamxetto Harbour.


Location: Cirkewwa Point
Maximum Depth: 34m

The Rozi was scuttled in 1992 as an underwater attraction after spending 20years working in the Grand Harbor. This dive can be done from shore this because the wreck is just 150m away from the entry point. On your way to the wreck you can see one of the nicest reefs that we have in Malta. On the wreck we can find lots of fish that has made the wreck his home.


Location: 500m off from Qawra Point
Maximum Depth: 42m

The Imperial Eagle was scuttled in 19th July 1999; she was former ferry and cargo ship operating between Malta & Gozo. This is a boat dive and there is a fixed shot rope, in which you go down with it. When descent you will find an underwater valley, next to the wreck there is a statue of Christ at a depth of 25m next to the statue there is a tunnel that it is full of coral and soft sponges near by you will find a 1600 anchor. The wreck is the home of lots of different types of fish included groupers and barracuda.


Location: 2.4 miles off from Qawra Point
Maximum Depth: 58m

The HMS Stubborn was scuttled in April 1945 after she was hit from a depth charge and lost her tail fin. Stubborn has dived down to 166m exiding the limit depth of 90m because of this she has damage the hull distortion. Royal Navy scuttled the sub for ASDIC target, training naval officers listening on sonar devices to detect the presence of submarines.

This is a decompression dive and has to be done by boat. The wreck is in mint condition with lots of fish around it, penetration is very difficult and not recommended.


Location: Ic-Cumnija 500m of from Anchor Bay
Maximum Depth: 21m

Scot Craig was a ferry operating on the river Thames; she used to carry 6 cars. After that she was used as a filming vessel for the "Popeye" movie. When the film was shut, Scot Craig was used as a breakwater, when the Jetty at Anchor Bay was being constructed. Nowadays the wreck lies on the sandy bottom. In this wreck we can find lot of Conger eel and Moray eel.


Location: 150m off from Wied Iz-Zurrieq
Maximum Depth: 34m

It had been operating between Italy and Libya carrying refined fuel up to 1st February 1995. On the 3rd February 1995 it was docked at No.3 Dock of Malta Dry-docks. During the night of the 3rd February an explosion occurred in No.3 centre tank and 9 shipyard workers lost their lives. The vessel suffered structured deformation and was considered following inspection and survey, a total write off. On 2nd September 1998 Mt Um El-Faroud was towed out off Grand Harbor en route towards its final destination. After the ship was anchored on location and kept in position by means of a small MDD tug, Um El-Faroud went under after nearly four hours long wait for the ship to fill up with sea water. This dive can be done from shore, only 7min swim under water.


Location: 7 miles outside the entrance of Valletta Grand Harbour
Maximum Depth: 63m

Le Polynesien was launched on the 18th April 1890 by Marie Francois Sadi Carnot, President of the Republic of France. In 1914 Le Polynesien started its work for the French ministry as a troop transport vessel. On the 10th of August 1918 Le Polynesien arrived in convoy to Malta in the early hours of the morning. At 10:30 am Le Polynesien was torpedoed by a U-boat UC22 and it took only 35min for the vessel to sink. Nowadays it lies on a sandy bottom of a maximum depth of 63.7 meters. The wreck is found listed on the port site at an angle of 45 degree. The upper starboard can be found on 43meters, there are two deck canons that can be found one on the bow side and on the stern side of the wreck. The wreck of Le Polynesien is 152 meter in length and a gross tonnage of 6659. It is still intact, apart the engine room, which has been damaged by the torpedo. During the dive we can find big groupers and dentex.
This is a decompression dive and has to be done by boat. The wreck is in mint condition with lots of fish around it.


Location: 900m offshore St Julian's Point
Maximum Depth: 38m

On the 17 march 1943 the Beaufighter left Malta on a mission. As soon he left the airport mechanical problems accrued, the aircraft start it vibrating rapidly and quickly began loses altitude. The crew didn't have any more options but to ditch the plan in the sea. Both crew escapes uninjured. The aircraft lies upside down on a sandy bottom with the wings and centre fuselage still intact most of it buried in the sand. Both undercarriage frames and shredded tyres stick up from their wing position behind the engines. One of the propellers still intact to the engine partly buried. This dive has to be done by boat.


Location: 1.5 miles off Marsascala Bay
Maximum Depth: 63m

HMS Southwold a Hunt Class destroyer was launched on the 25/5/41. Hunt Class destroyer had a net tonnage of 1050 tons, and was 86 meters long; this destroyer had a top speed of 25 knots and was used for convoy escorts. HMS Southwold carried 3 x 2 barrel 4" guns one at the bow and 2 aft sections. She also carried anti-aircraft guns, and anti-submarine depth charges. HMS Southold lies in two sections the bow section is the largest piece, right up to the engine room approximately 40 meter in length is in a depth close to 65 meters completely on its starboard side. The stern section approximately 28 meters long is upright some 300 meters away from the bow section in 72 meters of water


Location: 2 miles outside the entrance of Valletta Grand Harbour
Maximum Depth: 43m

She was sunk by German or Italian aircraft the night of 6 April 1942.After the war she was lifted and dumped outside Grand Harbour. Visibility sometimes can be bad on this wreck.


Location: 1mile off shore the grand harbor
Maximum Depth: 55m

Auxiliary British tug built by Scott Bowling and was used for harbour duties. (K/as tal-Bandiera) this vessel served as harbour transport for Royal Navy Officers carrying personnel from Fort St Angelo to other destinations. During the war it served other purposes, for rescue and later on as a minesweeper. Wreck lies at a depth of 54 meters off Grand Harbour. Diving on this wreck is considered hazardous due to its close proximity of Grand Harbour entrance & ship traffic in and out of Valletta harbour.


Location: Zonqor point
Maximum Depth: 21 m

These two wrecks were both build in 1944 and were scuttled in 1998. The St. Michael was build in Canada is 20 meters long. Number 10 is 16 meters long. The visibility is not very good, but when the northwest wind is blowing this dive is considered to be one of the most sheltered.


Location: 1mile offshore from Fort Rinella
Maximum Depth: 43m

This Italian torpedo boat hit a mine in WWII whilst mine-laying around Malta. It sank to 40m, surrounded by debris from planes and other war crafts.


Location: 1mile offshore from Grand Harbor
Maximum Depth: 73m

This Italian torpedo boat hit a mine in WWII whilst mine-laying around Malta. It sank to a depth of 73m fully intact with torpedoes in the torpedo tubes ready for launch.


Location: Kalkara crick
Maximum Depth: 24m

The wreck is the Italian steam freighter, which was bombed during the WW 2, then "salvaged" in the 1970s. Fairly well broken up, facing northwest and lying on her port side, the wreck covers a large area and is difficult to find in poor visibility without local knowledge. Penetration of the wreck is possible, but only for very experienced divers with the proper equipment. You can swim the entire wreck in 40 minutes.


Location: 1mile off shore the grand harbor
Maximum Depth: 45m

HM Drifter EDDY was launched as a dredger or drifter on 6th August 1918 and sunk after hitting a mine on 26 May 1942 seven cables off Grand Harbour. The wreck was found at a depth of 56 meters not much maritime history is known on this vessel except that she carried port duties in the UK. Prior to WW2 she sailed to Malta to continue these same duties in Grand Harbour for the Royal Navy. After the commencement of WW2, HM Drifter Eddy was rigged to sweep for mines, and because in those days minesweepers were mainly built of wood, HM Drifter Eddy on the other hand has a steel hull which made this vessel unsuitable for this job. Due to war necessity & improvisation HM Drifter Eddy had to carry out this role only to fall victim of a mine herself.


Location: Manuel island
Maximum Depth: 24m

The X 131 was designed for a larger type of lighter or barge, to be self-propelled, suitable for transporting troops, horses, field guns and landing them on a shelving beach. The X 131 took action in the Dardanelles Campaign but by 1921, the ship was in Malta and was converted into a Water Carrier. This barge was torpedoed on the night of 21st April 1942, whilst moored in the harbour; now lies in a vertical position and ranges in depth between 6m and 25m. Large friendly grouper are found at the stern, there are chromis and a few octopuses around as well. Visibility can be very bad on this wreck