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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Artist T. C. Dibdin, Drawn from Nature by Lieut. H.E. Allen, Rl. Engrs. Engraver J. Tingle, 1842?
Fisher, Son & Co. London & Paris, 1836.

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Prefect   [Sep 10, 2012 at 02:18 AM]
So if thats St Elmo on the left, what is the buiding on the right at Tigne?
pullu   [Sep 10, 2012 at 04:08 AM]
This is definitly not from Marsamxett, but from Kalkara Bay, with Fort St.Angelo on the left and Villa Bighi on the right. The stores at Barriera Wharf are in the background right on the foreshore.
Prefect   [Sep 10, 2012 at 07:13 AM]
So it is. Thank you. I did have my doubts but as that seems to be the official title of the engraving, I suppose I can't change it! It would have been an unlikely place for a ship to be careened.
OldBat   [Dec 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM]
Was the hospital built on the site of the Villa Bighi?
Prefect   [Dec 01, 2012 at 10:36 PM]
Yes, from 1830. Full story here. I don't think that can be the main villa in the engraving, perhaps an outbuilding where the cot lift is now? This engraving is also advertised as "A view of Valetta on the island of Malta, from the approach to the harbour. " which is also wrong. Colour version here.

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