A WW II Shipwreck
The SS Margit, originally named Theodore Mante, has a fascinating history as a shipwreck in Malta. Renamed multiple times, it eventually adopted the name Margit in 1939 and found its resting place in Kalkara Creek. However, tragedy struck on April 19, 1941, when the ship was bombed and engulfed in flames, leading to its sinking at a depth of 24 meters.
Despite the passage of time and the damage incurred, diving at the SS Margit wreck remains an intriguing and exciting experience. While the visibility may be lower compared to other dive sites, the immensity of the ship and the thriving marine life create a captivating atmosphere. Exploring the wreckage reveals the remnants of a vessel that once sailed the seas, now resting peacefully on the seabed.
It’s important to note that due to boat traffic in the harbor, it is mandatory for divers to use a surface marker buoy (SMB) as a safety precaution. This helps to ensure their visibility to surface vessels and enhances overall diving safety.
The SS Margit wreck is a testament to Malta’s rich maritime history, inviting divers to uncover its secrets and marvel at the underwater world that has become its home.