Known reefs in the area include the Esquirques, two large rocky reefs of volcanic origin surrounded by a sandbank, and Keith's Reef.
The area is adjacent to the Skerki Narrows between Sicily and Cape Bon and was known as "Bomb Alley" to Allied sailors during World War II due to its proximity to Axis air bases and the difficulty of protecting convoys from air attack. On 2 December 1942 it was the scenario of the Battle of Skerki Bank, where a squadron of Allied cruisers destroyed an Italian convoy.
- James Stanier Clarke; John McArthur (2 September 2010). The Naval Chronicle: Volume 25, January-July 1811: Containing a General and Biographical History of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom with a Variety of Original Papers on Nautical Subjects. Cambridge University Press. pp. 294–. ISBN 978-1-108-01864-7.
- AN EARLY IMPERIAL SHIPWRECK IN THE DEEP SEA OFF SKERKI BANK
- A. M. McCann "The Skerki Bank Deep Water Archaeological Project, 1988-2004" http://www.ammccann.com/skerki_bank.html
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