Historic WW I Shipwreck
SS Luciston (also known as Luciston Collier) is a historic shipwreck from World War I. It was built in 1910 by R. Duncan & Co. Ltd in Glasgow, Scotland. It had a total length of 98.4 meters, a width of 25 meters, and weighed 2,948 tons. Its main role was to transport coal between ports and refuel coal-burning ships.
At the end of World War I, SS Luciston left the port of Cardiff and headed to Malta with a supply of coal. However, it was torpedoed by a German submarine while approaching Valletta.
The wreck was first discovered in the late 1990s but was extensively surveyed in 2015. It is located off the coast of the fishing village of Marsaxlokk at a depth of about 96 meters. The wreck is in a fragmentary state, but many of the ship’s major features are still visible. These include a winch, anchor, ladder, and a gun that is still in place. Coal deposits are also scattered around the seabed.