Luciston Collier wreck

The Luciston Collier, also known as SS Luciston, is a historic World War I wreck located near Malta. This British coal cargo ship played a crucial role during the war but met its fate when it was torpedoed by a German submarine on 29th November 1916 while en route from Cardiff to Malta.

Key Features of the Wreck Site:

  • Depth: The wreck lies at a significant depth, with an average of 95 meters and a maximum of 105 meters, making it a site only accessible to technical divers using trimix.
  • Location: The Luciston Collier is located approximately 6 km east of Delimara.
  • Ship Specifications: The SS Luciston was about 100 meters in length with a beam of 25 meters.
  • Dive Experience: The wreck is in a fragmentary state but many of its major features are still visible. Divers can explore parts like a winch, anchor, ladder, and a gun that is still in place. The wreck is inverted, with the most interesting parts at the sand/silt level. Coal deposits are also scattered around the seabed.

Diving Conditions and Requirements:

  • The site is known for being very silty, requiring great care to avoid stirring the bottom and reducing visibility.
  • There is a good amount of marine life on the wreck.
  • A special permit managed by Heritage Malta is required to dive this site.

Historical Significance:

  • The Luciston was first discovered in the late 1990s and underwent extensive surveying in 2015.
  • It is a piece of underwater history, giving divers a chance to connect with the past and explore a significant relic from World War I.

The Luciston Collier offers a unique and challenging dive for those interested in historical wrecks and possesses the technical skills required for deep wreck diving.

Nationality: British

Purpose: Transport

Type: Cargo ship

Subtype/class: Coal cargo ship (collier) class

Propulsion: Steam

Date built: 1910

Tonnage: 2948 grt

Dimensions: 98.4 x 24.5 x — m

Engine: Triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw

Yard no.: 317


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