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JU88

JU88

As a former British colony, the island of Malta had a pivotal role to play in the Second World War. Throughout the conflict, it was the only Allied base between Gibraltar and Alexandria in Egypt, and it became a military and naval fortress. In 1940 the North African campaign increased its strategic importance and Malta became a prime ...

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Lantern Point

Lantern Point

This dive is a boat dive and starts from a shallow rocky shelf at 6 metres, where the boat usually anchors. Above the entrance to a 'chimney', an almost vertical tunnel, drops down to...

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Nasturtium

Nasturtium

When WWI broke out, the British Admiralty was faced with the problem of not having an adequate number of ships which were considered suitable for anti-submarine operations. Under the Emergency War Programme they embarked on a rapid construction of smaller anti-submarine vessels. The Arabis class sloops was the third class of minesweep ...

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ORP Kujawiak (L72)

ORP Kujawiak (L72)

Like HMS Olympus, ORP Kujawiak was struck by a mine off the coast of Valletta in 1942. The crew, who were part of the Polish Navy, were conducting a rescue mission while escorting allied convoys carrying supplies to Malta.

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San Dimitri Point

San Dimitri Point

San Dimitri Point is at the most westerly point in Gozo. It is an imposing rock jutting out from the shore, and is only accessible by boat.

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Schnellboot

Schnellboot

Schnellboot S-31 was part of a sub-group of eight boats (S-30 to S-37) which had been under construction for the Chinese Nationalist Government, but at the outbreak of World War II they were impounded and completed for the German Navy, the Kriegsmarine. She was built by the shipyard of Lurssen at Vegesack Beckedorf, Germany, launched ...

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Southwold

Southwold

HMS Southwold was a Type II British Hunt-class destroyer built for the Royal Navy during World War II. She was ordered on 20 December 1939 and was built by J. Samuel White and Company of East Cowes as part of the 1939 emergency program. The vessel was completed on 9 October 1941.

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SS Luciston

SS Luciston

SS Luciston (also known as Luciston Collier) is the only World War I wreckage in this list. The British steamer was built by J.L Thompson & Sons in Sunderland in 1890, measuring 100m in length and weighing 2,877 tonnes. Her primary role was to transport coal between ports and refuel coal-burning ships.

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SS Polynesian

SS Polynesian

SS Polynesian was built in 1890 by Messageries Maritimes in La Ciotat in France. She was a Risbec class ocean liner, one of four sister ships, measuring 152.5 m in length with a beam of 15 m. Polynesian was a 3-masted barque made of steel, with a steam engine, double funnel, and a four-bladed propeller.

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St. Marija Caves

St. Marija Caves

This is an ideal second dive location for those who have made the boat trip to Comino and want an interesting shallow location.

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