HMS Maori - Dive Site - Valletta Grand Harbour
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Diving to See the HMS Maori
Near Valetta Grand Harbour, dive to see the HMS Maori. Named after the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand, the HMS Maori was a Tribal-class destroyer with the Mediterranean fleet. The historic ship was even involved in the pursuit and destruction of the Bismarck in May 1941. Commanded by Commander R. E. Courage, the ship was attacked by enemy German aircraft and sank at her moorings in the Malta Grand Harbour on the 12th of February 1942 with the loss of one of her crew. A few years later, she was raised and scuttled off Malta on 15 July 1945. Located a few hundred meters from the shore from Valletta, HMS Maori is now a popular dive site. The bow section lies in white sand at a depth of 14m, while the aft section of the ship was abandoned in deep water during the tow from Grand Harbour to Marsamxett Harbour. Much of the forward superstructure is still extant, including the two front gun bases. In addition, various species of marine life can be found on the wreck.
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