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HMS Maori - Valletta - Malta

Malta1 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

WWII Wreck - Air raid attack and sank on 12th February 1942 - later moved to St. Elmo Bay - Depth 18 metres

The HMS Maori is in St Elmo Bay (Fort St. Elmo - Valletta in front of a cafe which has its outside walls covered with a number of painted Destroyers, amongst which is the HMS Maori.

HMS MAORI was ordered on the 10th March 1936 at the Fairfield Shipbuilding Co, Govan. Laid down on the 6th of July 1936, launched 2nd September 1937 and commissioned on the 5th December 1938, she saw considerable action in the Mediterranean, the Norwegian campaign, Atlantic convoys and the North Sea.

On February 12th 1942, it was moored at the entrance to Dockyard Creek, when it received a direct hit in her engine room. She was eventually set down in the back-water of St Elmo's Bay, on the sandy bottom at a depth of around 18 metres. Her guns were removed and the bows and stern are gone, however part of the raised bridge is still there. Divers can enter the remains quite easily, with exits through large holes in the starboard side. Although silted up, there are plenty of different types of fish and other creatures in and amongst the wreckage, which is covered with green weed and tube worms. Good Site to spot Sea Horses... Maximum depth - 18 metres.

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