TECHNICAL DIVES

HMS SOUTHWOLD - 65 to 75 meters

These destroyers had a top speed of 25 knots and were used for convoy escorts. HMS Southwold had a crew of 168 men and 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.

Le Polynesien - 70m

The Polynesien was built at La Ciotat in France like her sister ship "Australien", "Armand Behic", "Ville De La Ciotat". The ships were quickly recognisable by their length, low profile on the water, and by their double funnels painted black. The ships were painted white between 1895 till 1905.

HMS STUBBORN - 56m

'P238' was armed with 13 x 21 inch torpedoes. She has 6 bow torpedo tubes & 1 stern tube, 1 x 3" Gun in front of the conning tower and 1 x 20mm Oerlikon machine gun at the back. She had a crew of 44/48 under the command of Lieutenant Duff and later on in 1944 under Lieutenant Davies.

HMS RUSSELL - 113/115m

The HMS RUSSELL was built at Hull, laid down at Jarrow on the 11th March 1899 and launched in February 1901. The HMS RUSSELL was a DUNCAN CLASS Battleship, distinguishable by the equally sized funnels, lower freeboard and lack of prominent ventilation cowls. Armour had to be sacrificed in order to increase speed whilst a the same time reducing size. With a speed of 19 Knots she was one of the fastest warship afloat of her time.

Bottleneck Cave - Shore dive 58 meters

Bottleneck Cave, located on the western side of Reqqa Point, drops down through the reef from 37m to 58m. The entrance hole at 37m, large just enough for a diver to swim through, soon takes the shape of a vertical cylinder about 5m in diameter. Along the walls of this cave there are many cracks inhabited by various types of shrimp. At the deep end of the slightly sloping, sandy floor there is a narrow tunnel spectacularly leading out of the chimney to the bottom of the cliff. Looking up from this depth towards Reqqa Point is breathtaking. Unfortunately, because of the depth and condition of this chimney, this dive is restricted to very experienced divers only.

Ras il – Hobz - Shore dive 8 – 100 meters plus

Ras il-Ħobż, or as otherwise known Middle Finger, is best described as a huge column rising from the deep and stopping just 8 metres below the surface. The narrow channel between this rock and the shore is 35 metres deep whereas on the seaward side, the bottom drops dramatically to 100+ metres. These features make this dive ideal for all level of divers. A nearby plateau is just 5 metres deep, perfect for training or for making a prolonged decompression stop more interesting! At 63 metres technical divers can find a huge 3-prong anchor protruding out from the reef wall. Moreover, an abundance of fish life is generally encountered on this site.

Schnell boot – 73 meters

The outside of S-Boats were covered by mahogany casing, with an internal hull of light metal. The mahogany would have rotted away. S-31 had three Daimler Benz MB502 diesel engines = 4800 BHP total. With 3 propellers. Maximum speed 38 knots. Range - 800 sea miles at 30 knots. Armament: 2 x 533 mm torpedo tubes, 2 x 20mm guns. Crew: 24 men. At the time of loss S-31 had 2 Italian officers as observers, who were among the survivors. 

Imperial eagle – 40 meters

The Imperial Eagle made its maiden voyage between Malta & Gozo on 1/6/1958. It had been modified to accommodate 70 passengers with room for 10 cars. It remained on the Mgarr to Marfa route until March 1968.