Also known as
Southwold, L10
67m (avg), 73m (max)
Shore access
Boat only
35.8720°N 14.5979°E (Nearby)
★★★★★ from 1 diver

HMS Southwold is one of the World War II wrecks around Malta. Southwold was a British Hunt class destroyer, about 85 m in length with 9.5 m beam. On 24 March 1942 she hit a mine and sunk approximately 2.5 km off Marsaskala, east of Malta.

HMS Southwold wreck is in two parts, located some 300 m away from each other on sandy bottom. The bow part is the larger piece, about 40 m in length, and lies on its starboard side in a depth of 68 m. The stern part is about 28 m long and sits upright 73 m deep. Both parts are technical dives.

As of 1st May 2019 HMS Southwold is under protection of Heritage Malta, and diving the wreck requires a special permit. Read more about diving the historical wrecks in Malta

HMS Southwold’s sister ship HMS Oakley (L72), later renamed ORP Kujawiak in Poland, is another deep wreck dive in Malta.

More info about HMS Southwold dive site

HMS Southwold's bow section on
HMS Southwold's aft section on
Wikipedia article about HMS Southwold (L10)
3D model of HMS Southwold's bow section

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Mika Tanninen, September 2015:
★★★★★ Visited the Bow Section. Nice authentic war wreck. Lot of interesting stuff to see.

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