Scuba diving in HMS Hellespont
HMS Hellespont was a steam-powered tugboat, which was launched in 1910 and brought to Malta in 1922 where it worked for 20 years until it sank in Grand Harbor after an intensive aircraft attack in 1942. After the war, as the harbor was being cleared, the wreck was raised and dumped outside at a depth of around 42m/138ft. The front part of the wreck has received significant damage, but the back is almost intact and there is still much to see, including the rudder, paddles, boilers and ammunition. The wreck is also home to moray eels and a large variety of fish. Due to the depth, only divers experienced in deep diving can dive at this site.
When to go
The site is open for diving all year round, but the water temperature in winter can drop to a chilly 15C/59F. The good point of diving during the winter is better water visibility. The water temperature in summer is around 23-25C/73-77F, but visibility in summer can be somewhat reduced.
What to see
While exploring historically interesting wreck, divers will see moray eels and different types of fish, including damselfish, painted comber and bream.