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.
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
MV Imperial Eagle
New Royal Lady (1935-46)
New Royal Lady was launched in 1938 to replace
the Royal Lady. Built by the same builders of
the Royal Lady, Thomas Crown & Sons, Sunderland,
but was larger and faster. Like her predecessor
Royal Lady, her forward funnel was a dummy. She
was used for morning, afternoon and evening
trips from Scarborough, and her higher speed of
14 knots also allowed occasional longer cruises
to Bridlington and Whitby. Her funnels were
yellow, with rather gaudy red, white and blue
Crested Eagle (2) (1947-1957)
New Royal Lady
only had two seasons at Scarborough before the start of the
Second World War, and she was requisitioned by the Royal
Navy in 1940 for transport duties. She was purchased by the
MOWT in 1942, managed by Fraser & Wright. In 1944 she was
attached to the US Navy.
New Royal Lady
was resold to her owners in 1946, who sold her the following
year to John Hall of Kirkaldy, for service on the Firth of
Forth. Later the same year she passed to the General Steam
Navigation Co as the Crested Eagle (2), for cruises on the
Thames from London to Gravesend and Southend, plus PLA Docks
cruises. From 1952 she was taken off the PLA cruises and
based in Ramsgate for local trips. In 1956, Crested Eagle
(2) became a regular service vessel, running from Gravesend
to to Southend and Clacton daily except Mondays. P.& A.
Campbell chartered Crested Eagle (2) in 1957 for services on
the South Coast. She ran short trips from Eastbourne to
Hastings, except Fridays when she ran from Brighton to
Imperial Eagle (1957-1995)
Crested Eagle (2)
was bought by E Zammit & Co Malta
It made its first voyage between Malta & Gozo on 1st
June 1958. It had accommodation for 70 passengers and room
for 10 cars. It remained on the Mgarr to Marfa route until
March 1968. After 1968 she was used to transport cargo and
animals from Gozo to Valletta. In Malta she was owned
by Sunny & Maria Pisani a family from Gozo.
MV Imperial Eagle was sold to
the local Diving community on 28th November 1995
to be scuttled as an attraction for divers
off Qawra point, and to form the main attraction for an
Underwater Marine Park Project.
It was scuttled on the 19th July 1999 in 40 metres of
water, half a kilometre off Qawra Point.
The 13-ton statue of fibre glass covered concrete, was designed by
the well-known sculptor Alfred Camilleri Cauchi. It had
cost over Lm1000 and was commissioned by a committee of divers
led by Mr. Raniero Borg purposely set up to commemorate Pope
John Paul II visit to Malta where it was lowered onto the
seabed close to St. Paul's Islands on 26th May 1990.
Ten years after it was lifted out of the water and once again
lowered out at sea, this time off Qawra Point. The new resting
place is a marine conservation area where the MV Imperial Eagle, a former Malta-Gozo ferry, was scuttled in
On 23rd August
2010 Raniero Borg organised a MEGADIVE commemorating
20 years since the Statue of Christ was placed underwater.
The dive was a success... Click on this link to view the
of Christ seeing the daylight after ten years. Statue was moved
to the first Marine Conservation Park off Qawra Point.