The Amphibians Diving Club organised a very interesting talk by Dr Timmy Gambin about the recently discovered wreck of the long-lost British submarine HMS Olympus, which sank off the Maltese coast when it hit a mine during World War II.
The wreck was found during a survey of the ocean floor and recently announced to the British and Maltese governments and the Royal Navy.
The find was made by Dr Timmy Gambin, Director of Marine Archaeology at the Florida-based Aurora Trust, and his Maltese team, in collaboration with Malta’s Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.
A good number of members came to this event during which Dr Gambin gave a very interesting overview about the history of the submarine, its crew, eye-witness accounts and also about the find and the research.
Special thanks goes to Dr Gambin who's inimitable delivery made the talk more interesting and also a special thanks goes to the University of Malta and Dr Nicholas Vella, Head of the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Malta for the kind use of their facilities.
The HMS Olympus sank on May 8, 1942 after hitting a mine while trying to dodge German and Italian warships blockading Grand Harbour. It had been missing for almost 70 years.
Under cover of darkness, the HMS Olympus was manoeuvring to clear the harbour when it struck a mine. Together with its 55-strong crew, the HMS Olympus was carrying 43 crewmen from another two British submarines that had been sunk in air raids. There were only nine survivors. The dead seamen were buried at the Kalkara naval cemetery.
The submarine is 86.5 metres in length and six metres wide with its distinctive deck gun and eight bow torpedo tubes.
Click on the image for photos from the talk.