Pentland Sub Aqua Club holiday in Malta
Expedition Organiser :- Alan Lissimore
Alan Lissimore (well composed), Karen Lissimore ( Photo bomber) ,Dave Simpson (measles man), Kevin Watson (big boy), Nicky Gibb (The fish), Niz Hasham (paddles for hands), Michelle Hasham (loves paddles), Sutherland Maciver (slow down taking pics) , Caroline Maciver (looks after Cisk for her man), Steve Taylor (not to be followed), Roberta McMath (P29 nuff said), Richard Pavey (deepest??), Gordon Henry, Jane Henry (most improved divers!!!), Bill Caldwell (accident prone), Kath Caldwell (looks after accident prone), Brian Lyell (wooden spoon DOH!!)and Christine Lyell (looks after him).
Dive company used was Aquitica
Toni Bajada Street
St. Paul’s Bay
Dived at Cirkewwa (Marfa Point)
Dive one and the guide John split the group, one group finned out to the Patrol boat P29, another group were taken to Cirkewwa Arch.
Due to the sea conditions changing for the worse the guides decided for our second dive we should load up and move to St Elmo Bay to dive the which is a Tribal Class British Destroyer built in 1937. She was one of the destroyers used to hunt the Bismark, also on the Malta convoys. . She was in Grand Harbour Valletta in 1942 where she was bombed and sank. Later she was cut in two with the forepart refloated and sunk where she lies today in St Elmo Bay at 14 metres to the sea bed.
Um el Faroud, a Lybian Oil tanker 110 Metres long.
There was an explosion in one of the holds while in port killing 9 workers. It was taken out and scuttled where she lies today at Wied Iz Zurrieq.
She lies around 30 Meters down, with a 10 minute swim from the shore.
Some divers, due to limitations had a scenic dive.
Up to Paradise Bay to catch the ferry to Gozzo and The Blue Hole
Another excellent scenic dive
Due to VERY heavy rain before and during the second dive, we descended for the first 5 metres through a milky haze which cleared lower down to give what was another great dive.
One of the divers, Bill and wife Kathy said goodbye as they had to get back to the UK for a wedding,
The rest of us headed to
SS Margit, a passenger ship located at Kalkara Creek. She was hit by a Stuka dive bomber on 19th April 1942 and sank leaving her mast and funnel above the surface, These were blown up to allow access.
She is well broken up and viz is not great but still a nice dive.
Due to its depth all could explore her.
Dive 2 X127 Water Lighter (Coralita) A nice easy dive but viz not the best.
Back to Cikewwa
The group was again split with one group doing wreck dives and the second group scenic diving.
One group dived the The Rozi a patrol boat.
Second dive again split to scenic and P29
An excellent week was had by all with a big thanks to our guides from Aquatica, John, Jesus, Tomara, Marta, Owen and Lucas.
Our wooden spoon was won by Brian Lyell for a back flip off the bench fully kitted.
A massive thanks to Alan Lissimore for all the hard work arranging the holiday.