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H.M.S. RUSSEL

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H.M.S. Russel was a Duncan-class predreadnought battleship that was sunk by mines laid by SM U-73 on Thursday, 27 April 1916. It was a dark page in Malta’s Great War history, three ships were lost and sunk a few miles off the Grand Harbour after hitting mines, all on the same day. What was intended to be a fortnight rest in Malta for the crew of one of those ships, ended up being an eternal grave for 124 for them on the H.M.S. Russel.

Particulars

This vessel, a 140 meters long pre-Dreadnought ship, was laid down in 1899. She was commissioned for the Royal Navy four years later. Sank in 1916, dived on the first time by a group of technical divers in 2003.

Warnings

Open sea. Currents, swell and waves!

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H.M.S. RUSSEL Features

Nicknames
HMS Russel
Address
N.v.t. N/A
Parking
At boat charter
Distance
60 min.
Suitable for
Experienced wreck divers , 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
Boat dive / wreck dive, technical diving
Current
Limited / strong / variable
Visibility
10 - 30 m.
Average visibility
20 m.
Depth
115-120 m.
Bottom
zand,slib
Life
John dory or peter's fish
Other recreation
None
Emergency
112

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