Class: 105.5 foot, powered; Nos X.1 - X.200
Launch Date: 1915
Builder: Goole Sbdg. & Repairing Co., Goole
Yard No: 189
Water carrier also designated as L.9 from 1917
1921 for disposal at Constantinople
09/1923 towed to Malta
Used as a fuel lighter with unofficial name 'TALBOT'
06/03/1942 sunk during bombing in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta
Wreck remains a diving site with a fairly complete hull but is threatened (late 2008) due to planned development of a marina.
See David Mallard's video of the wreck and much more about this class of vessel on his website at X-Lighters
The protection of the wreck was also supported by a letter from the Yorkshire Waterways Museum at Goole, where the vessel was built.
Good news from Dave Mallard, archaeological diver early In 2011 :
"I have obtained a class " B " protection order on the wreck of the Water Lighter X 127 [ L 9 ] with a 50 metre. exclusion zone around it, we can of course still dive on it, but at least it is well protected from the proposed development work at Manoel Island, Malta. The class "B" is very important as its in the same category as Cart Ruts, only the Temples have a class "A". "
X.001 – X.200: 105.5 foot, powered
X.201 – X.225: 98 foot, powered
DX.001 – DX.025: 98 foot, dumb
MISC.001 – MISC.003: Vessels believed to be former X-lighters, origins untraced
‘BOL’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by J. & C. G. Bolinders Co., Stockholm
‘SVE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by J. V. Svensin, Augustendal (Avance design)
‘BEAR’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Wm. Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir</p>
‘CAMP’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by The Campbell Gas Engine Co. Ltd., Halifax
‘PLE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Plenty & Son, Newbury (Kromhout design)
‘SKAN’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Skandia