Schnellboot S-31 was found by a team of technical divers on 6 September 2000. It was part of a sub-group numbered S-30 to S-37. This German built Italian torpedo boat probably hit one of its own mines whilst mine laying around Malta's Grand Harbour in an attempt to capture HMS Welshman in WWII. It sank on 10 May at 4:38 (AM) losing 13 of its crew members and thus making it an official wargrave. It now sits upright at a depth of 73 meter fully intact with torpedoes in it's tubes ready for launch. The outside of the S-Boat was covered by a mahogany casing (over an internal hull of light metal) which has now rotted away.
Launched: 21st October 1939. Type: Motor Torpedo Boat. Engine: 3 Daimler Benz MB502 diesel engines = 4800 BHP. Crew: 24. Speed: 38 knots. Armament: 2 x 533 mm torpedo tubes, 2 x 20mm guns. Builders: Lurssen in Vegesack Beckedorf, Germany. Owners: German Naval Vessel.
Only experienced wreck divers. Beware of strong currents that can occure here.
SCHNELLBOOT S-31 Features
- E-boat, S-31, Schnellboot, s-boat
- N.v.t. N/A
- At boat charter
- Suitable for
- Experienced wreck divers , technical diving
- Free access
- Kind of dive
- Boat dive / wreck dive, technical diving
- Limited / strong / variable
- 10 - 40m.
- Average visibility
- 20 m.
- 73 m.
- Grey trigger fish, grouper or merou, moray eel, stingray, tuna, flying gurnard, dentex
- Other recreation