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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.

Anchors at Anchor Bay. Early 1950s.

Phill Rose
The question is - How did they get there?

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Prefect   [May 10, 2008 at 06:07 AM]
From the web - "In the beautiful natural haven of Anchor Bay, so called because it was formerly used as a store for disused anchors". But why there?
A bit of anchor history -
The Royal Navy now began to concede the superiority of iron stocks. By 1840 the Hawkins patent tumbling fluke stockless anchor and developed to a form approximating that of most stockless anchors of today.
By 1846 the Royal Navy completely surrendered to the iron stock and gave full sanction to the type of anchors now known as the "Admiralty" anchor. This type of anchor, also known as "Old Style" or "Kedge" is no longer used for large ships but continues in use for small boats and for moorings. Although it has great holding power in a penetrable bottom it is extremely awkward and the long stock is vulnerable to mechanical damage. When in position the upstanding arm may foul a chain or pierce the hull of a vessel. The "one" arm version is popular for moorings and is equipped with a second shackle for easier placement.
OldBat   [May 18, 2008 at 05:51 PM]
One question is "How did they get there?" Another is - Are they still there?! Smashing picture, Phill. Is that little chap on the left the one who made the aircraft carrier?!
phillrose   [May 20, 2008 at 03:29 AM]
OldBat, wrong choice, me the nice blonde kid on the right! If they were just dumped, why so far from the Dockyard/Naval base, it must have taken a good deal of effort to get them all the way out there. Scrap metal has a value, not like the MOD of the time to waste money in this way, so why??
Prefect   [May 20, 2008 at 04:17 AM]
The mystery continues. I dont remember seeing them there in the sixties and by now they would have been displaced by the awful Popeye Village, but just to be sure I'll investigate next month.
MilkMonitor   [May 23, 2013 at 12:31 AM]
Information from John Pace indicates that the anchors were part of the equipment used for tuna fishing by the method known as It-Tunnara. Up to 1961 the nets were deployed in Mellieha Bay and elsewhere and, for a period from 1907, Anchor Bay was used for storage out of season.
dfss   [May 23, 2013 at 09:25 AM]
I am pretty sure that I remember at least some anchors there in the very early 60s, though I was only a child.....I seem also to remember the beach being smothered in seaweed.

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