SS Luciston (also known as Luciston Collier) is a World War I historic shipwreck site managed by our unit. She was built in 1910 by R. Duncan & Co. Ltd, of Glasgow, Scotland. She had an overall length of 98.4m, beam of 25m and weighed 2,948 tonnes. Her primary role was to transport coal between ports and refuel coal-burning ships.
Towards the latter part of the First World War, SS Luciston departed the port of Cardiff and made her way to Malta carrying a supply of coal. However, she was torpedoed on her approach to Valletta by a German submarine.
The wreckage was first discovered in the late 1990s but later surveyed in detail in 2015 off the coast of the fishing village of Marsaxlokk at a depth of approximately 96m. The wreckage is in a fragmented condition, but many of the ship’s main features are still visible. This includes the winch, the anchor, the ladder and the gun, which is still in place. Deposits of coal are also scattered around the seabed.