WW II Submarine
The wreck in question is one of the 67 S-class submarines, designated with the side number P238A. Built on 11 November 1942, this 66-meter submarine boasted six twenty-one-inch torpedo tubes and four machine guns. With a maximum crew capacity of 48 personnel, it served in various theaters, including the North Sea, Baltic Sea, and the Far East, where it conducted patrols monitoring the operations of the Japanese Navy.
During its service, the submarine encountered several unfortunate incidents. It struck a naval mine, resulting in the loss of its tail fin and rudder at a depth of 166 meters. Additionally, while returning from Australia, it sustained further damage that rendered it unsuitable for repairs. Subsequently, in April 1945, it was intentionally sunk near Malta for military exercises.
The wreck now rests peacefully on the sandy seabed, inviting visitors to explore its remains. The upper part of the wreck lies at a depth of 45 meters and features two opened hatches, although accessing them is not advisable. However, divers can marvel at the visible propellers of the torpedoes and observe three escape hatches, although their small diameter of 60 cm prevents entry with full diving gear. Despite these limitations, the wreck remains remarkably well-preserved.
The rediscovery of this wreck occurred on 24 July 1994, located near the coast of Malta. Since then, it has captivated the attention of a diverse range of divers, providing a visually pleasing and historically significant experience.