The X127 Lighter

Wreck Dive, Manoel Island, Malta

The X127 was a British Water Lighter was one of multiple World War II wrecks found around Maltese waters, which was sunk in 1942. It lays upright on a sloping bottom with the bow at 5 meters and the stern lies at 22 meters. The diving is classified as a shore dive, even if it is in the Marsamxett harbor. It had been built in England and used by the British Royal Navy in the year 1915 in World War I. She was first transformed into a water lighter and subsequently back into a fuel lighter, before being sunk in 1942. Her specifications were as follows; 24m in length and had a 7m beam.

For years, it had remained unidentified. Divers had nicknamed it Carolita or Coralita in the time it had been unidentified. In 2003, an analysis underwater had been done to identify the wreck and was first determined to be the X-131 and a few years later it was confirmed that it is in fact the X-127.

Experience Needed

You must be certified to dive to a depth of 18 meters to dive this site, as such we would require a minimum of Open Water Diver certification. We would also recommend Nitrox Diver.

Find out more about the history of the wreck by reading a blog created by one of our instructors... 

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