Wreck not wartime sub A new Malta wreck find initially thought to be that of a WWII sub has turned out to be a surface ship.
Technical divers from Britain and Malta found a new wreck six miles off Malta's Valetta harbour in early May, lying in 115m of water. They were almost certain that it had to be that of the British submarine HMS Olympus, sunk in the area in 1942.
However, a further dive carried out by the Malta-based divers has now revealed details 'that are obviously not those of a submarine', Stuart Jones, of Malta's Tec Deep Blue, has told Divernet.
Features noted have included elliptical holes resembling funnel stacks and deck winches, both clearly features of a surface ship rather than a submarine.
The team was disappointed that it had not, after all, found Olympus, which has eluded searchers for years. But they were glad, said Jones, to have a 'new wreck in Maltese waters, which is waiting to be identified'.
And, of course, they still have the challenge of trying to find the sub which, with others, brought in supplies and protected merchant shipping during the German and Italian blockade of Malta.