The Imperial Eagle was a Gozo ferry, but after served its time, got scuttled for divers. It lays between 30-40 m, with a reef next to it, which reaches 25 m. There is the possibility for penetration on this deep wreck, but don’t waste your precious bottom time, unless you are diving it as technical dive. Instead, see the flying bridge and take a picture as a deep sea captain behind the steering wheel. This is a very interesting dive, where you can often see many octopus. The bottom is also rich in red algae.
Next to the wreck you can find the statue of Jesus Christ. The statue was erected when Pope Jean Paul visited Malta in 1990.
The Imperial Eagle was built by J. Crown & Sons Ltd, in Sunderland England and powered by two diesel oil engines manufactured by Crossley Bros Ltd.
The ship is 45 meters long, 9.2 meters at its beam, and 257 gross tons. When first launched in 1938 until 1947 she was named ‘New Royal Lady’, than in 1948 it was known as ‘Royal Lady’ and thereafter in 1958 as ‘Crested Eagle’.
In Malta, the ship was owned by Sunny and Maria Pisani a family from Gozo. The Imperial Eagle made its maiden voyage between Malta and Gozo on 1 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, it was used to transport cargo and animals from Gozo to Valletta and was also used for storage. It was sold to the local diving community on the 28 November 1995 to be scuttled as an attraction for divers off Qawra Point and to form the main attraction of an Underwater Marine Park Project. It was scuttled 19 July 1999 in 40 meters of water, half a kilometer off Qawra Point.