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Welcome to the beautiful Mediterranean Islands of MALTA with breathtaking coastlines and clear calm waters. Here you can explore the colour, vision and life of the undersea world and let your senses absorb memories that will last a lifetime.

Scuba Diving in Malta is considered the best diving in the Mediterranean. The Maltese islands are blessed with warm temperatures, even in winter, clear, unpolluted seas, with visibility underwater in excess of thirty metres. Hundreds of kilometres of coastline, many of which are still unexplored, make the Maltese archipelago a favourite with adventurous divers.

 

HMS GREETHAM / LADY DAVINA

 

 

History:  HMS Greetham (IMS34) Launched in 1955 Pennant Number M2632 and completed in 1955.  Built by Herd & Mckenzie and the parent firm who were responsible for supervising the constructions was Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of White.

The HMS Greetham was one of 93 ships of the Ham-class of inshore minesweepers, their names were all chosen from villages ending in -ham. This minesweeper was named after Greetham, Lincolnshire or Greetham, Rutland.
These inshore minesweepers were built in three slightly different sub-groups, the first sub-group being distinguished by pennant numbers beginning with 26- and the second and third sub-groups being distinguished by pennant numbers beginning with 27-. The 26- group were of composite construction (wood and non-ferrous metals and the 27- group were all-wooden, of which the third sub-group differed by having a prominent rubbing strake around the hull and slightly enlarged dimensions.
The vessels displaced 164 tons fully laden and were armed with one 40 mm Bofors or 20 mm Oerlikon gun. They were 32.5 metres long overall by 6.4 metres beam. The construction was of wood to minimise magnetic signature. The crew complement was 15, rising to 22 in wartime.
The engines of this class were Paxman diesels, some of which were built under licence by Ruston and Hornsby of Lincoln. Each vessel had: two 12YHAXM (intercooled) for main propulsion, rated 550 bhp at 1,000 rpm, plus one 12YHAZ for pulse generation. Maximum speed was 14 knots (26 km/h) dropping to 9 knots (17 km/h) when mine sweeping.

 

The HMS Greetham was loaned to Libyan Navy as their first ships in 1963 and transferred permanently & renamed Zuara in September 1966 - Decommissioned in 1973.

 

Libyan Navy - Zuara

 

She was later acquired by a Maltese Tour Operator and re-named Lady Davina.

For some years she had a distinctive red and white Kit Kat paint scheme.

From 2007 onwards she was laid up in Sliema Creek awaiting her fate until one day it just sunk at its moorings. Beer Cans and Soft drinks are still in the Fridge! 

The wreck lies upright at 14metres on a sandy bottom  and has now become an artificial reef, a home to marine life and an abundance of nudibranchs.

   

   

Underwater Photos: Sharon Metson - Publio Attard

 

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