Sinking of HMS Russel, HMS Nastartium and HMY Aegusa

Published: 27 April 2016

Today is the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of HMS Russell, HMS Nastartium and HMY Aegusa thanks to a Mine field outside the Grand Harbour in WW1 which had been laid by German Submarine U-73. These ships now lay to rest well beyond 100m deep outside the Grand Harbour.

Information about the ships sunk and submarine  responsible may be found in the following links.

Video below on youtube uploaded by Mr. Sergey Markov, an Instructor with a local dive centre.

Court Martial Documents referring to the sinking of these ships, from a 100 years ago can be seen below. These were photographed by David Agius during a visit at the UK National Archives in 2014. Full quality pics can be obtained by emailing david on