It has a large hole in the hull of the HM Drifter Eddy on the starboard side caused by the mine that sunk the ship. The main deck is mainly wooden, so most of the superstructure has collapsed over the years. Most of its navigation equipment is still on the bridge.
It is known that eight crew members died when the Eddy ran into a mine on 24 May 1942. Eight of the crew were lost, including four Maltese port workers. From research conducted it appears that the bodies of these four victims were all recovered. No human remains have been identified or found on HM Drifter Eddy by diving teams.
The HM Drifter Eddy was built by Alexander Hall in Aberdeen, Scotland and was launched as a drifter on 6 August 1918 as a minesweeper. Prior to World War Two, the HMS Eddy sailed to Malta to be a minesweeper in the Grand Harbor for the Royal Navy. It was sunk after hitting a mine on 26 May 1942 near the Grand Harbor. Minesweepers were usually built of wood during the First and Second World War, which meant the HM Drifter Eddy’s steel hull made the vessel unsuitable for this job but was commissioned for the task due to necessity during the war.
Maximum depth is 56 m. Special permit required due to proximity of the Grand Harbour and shipping lane. Available for Trimix Divers and above