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H.M.S. OLYMPUS

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Although technical divers from UK and Malta believed that they had found the wreck way back in 2008, after it transpired that it was not the HMS Olympus. Later, in 2012, it was announced that it had been finally located. About hundred men were on board Olympus on that fateful night, 8th May 1942, her own crew plus other survivors from different sunken vessels, HMS Pandora, HMS P36 and HMS P39 on their way to Gibraltar when it struck a mine, 6 miles out from St Elmo's Light. Only eleven men made it to the shore. This was a wartime tragedy of epic proportions making this vessel a wargrave and a 'no-touch'.

Particulars

HMS Olympus, an O- or Odin-Class submarine, was commissioned in 1930. This class submarine measured 86.5 meters length, 6.1 meters width and had a draft of 4.9 meters. Her displacement was 1,781 tons surfaced and 2,038 tons when submerged.

Warnings

The wreck is a wargrave and must be respected as such and to be left untouched: Look don't touch!

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H.M.S. OLYMPUS Features

Nicknames
HMS OLYMPUS
Address
N.v.t. N/A
Parking
At boat charter
Distance
30 min.
Suitable for
Technical diving
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Free access, by shot line or anchor line
Facilities
None
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t.
Kind of dive
Wreck dive / boat dive / technical diving, explorer dive
Current
Limited / strong / variable
Visibility
20 - 40 m.
Average visibility
30 m.
Depth
120 m.
Bottom
zand
Life
Tuna, john dory or peter's fish
Emergency
112

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