These fast low profile boats were armed with torpedoes and 20mm guns. Their main use was to sneak into enemy harbours and attack ships there or to lay mines around. Probably that was the objective of this Schnellboot S-31, but one of her freshly laid mine broke free from the anchor, floated to the surface and hit the ship herself. Karma? 13 of the crew were rescued, unfortunately, 13 were lost. The wreck is laying 65-68 m down, close to Valletta harbour.
The Schnellboot wreck is also in the protection of Heritage Malta, a special permit is required to dive it.
The cover was mahogany wood which rotten away leaving the structure visible. This wreck is only 33 m long with 5 m in width, therefore, you have time to go slow and look for little details. Stay away from the bottom, since the location is close to the port, it is silty.
Currents are usually not strong here, but watch out, the wreck doesn’t provide any shelter and it is close to the shipping line.
Thank you to Galicia Technical Diving for the photos