Malta

X127 WATER LIGHTER

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Sylvester

4-1-18

In spite of heavy wind toch a moo dove diving.

5 m Visibility
15 °C - m

Harrie

7-10-17

An easy dive spot. nWith a staircase you can easily enter and exit the watercourses, swim …

15 m Visibility
24 °C - m

Kurt

13-11-16

Bath tub, chair and old hospital equipment around the wreckage, large cuffs and fireworms …

4 m Visibility
22 °C - m

The X127 Water Lighter was built in a series of X Lighters. It is a landing craft that served in Malta in Marsamxett Harbour on Manoel Island, to transport water and later oil. The X127, also known as Carolita Barge sank on March 6, 1942 during a heavy air bombardment. It now sits upright on an inclined slope between 5 and 22 meters of depth. The X127 is almost completely intact and provides a wonderful, artificial reef. Beyond the X127 there are also a few other objest to be found. Sheltered for bad weather influences. Especially with north western winds, when other sites get blown out, it can be busy with divers.

Particulars

Built: 1915 (in Beverly Yorkshire). Constructor: Walter Pollocks & Son. Length: 35 m. Motor: Campbell 80BHP twin prop. The wreck is accessible from the shore. To get there, you swim out to the west, at a depth between 10 and 15 meters. Note that the seabed in the vicinity of the wreck is littered with all kinds of objects such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, and stretchers that are dumped here during the war. The X127 is an official war memorial.

Warnings

Wreck is instable and silty. Entering is NOT recommended. Keep an eye and ear out for harbour traffic.

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X127 WATER LIGHTER Features

Nicknames
Carolita Barge, Carolita, Carol, Manoel Island, X127, X131, X-Lighter, X Lighter,
Address
Manoel Island, Marsamxett Harbour, Malta
Parking
Sufficient parking at marina
Distance
100 m.
Suitable for
All levels (beginners under supervision)
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Free access, barrier, stairs or ladder, dive centers only
Facilities
None
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t.
Kind of dive
Shore dive, wreck dive, harbour dive
Current
None
Visibility
5 - 15 m.
Average visibility
10 m.
Depth
5 - 22 m.
Bottom
silt,sand and stone
Life
Dusky grouper or merou, crab, common octopus, little vegetation, mediterranean damselfish
Other recreation
Marina, boating, yachting, yacht watching
Emergency
112

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