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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

A boat Grand Harbour

Taken from the deck of Devonia as she was leaving G.H. for the 1966 T.H. school cruise. We were on our way to Libya to pick up some American kids. So pre-Gaddafi when El Adem was still operational.

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Prefect   [Apr 27, 2010 at 02:17 PM]
Admiralty "Director" Class paddle tug, probably Director herself.
alexander   [Jan 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM]
director as faithful had all ready left for uk several years earliar
Nick Woodley   [Jan 03, 2012 at 08:25 AM]
Director and Expert were in Malta at least until summer '67. We lived in Dockyard Terrace and they both moored in Dockyard creek
Martin Powell   [Feb 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM]
Maybe they just went to UK on leave.
Prefect   [Feb 06, 2012 at 02:40 AM]
Who did? BTW El Adem was Brit, the Yanks were at Wheelus.
Martin Powell   [Feb 06, 2012 at 06:47 AM]
The tugs.
Prefect   [Feb 06, 2012 at 09:01 AM]
Martin Powell   [Feb 06, 2012 at 09:59 AM]
Lovely shots Pref. I hate to read of good ships being sunk but I suppose no-one wanted to buy 25 yr old paddlers.
Prefect   [Feb 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM]
Well perhaps a better use of them than razor blades. Although paddles may have seemed very antiquated by then, as tugs there were manoeuvrability advantages before Herrs Voith & Schneiderbecame popular.
Martin Powell   [Feb 06, 2012 at 05:11 PM]
My uncle would have liked them too - he was on the Isle of Wight paddlers and they were NOT manoeuvrable - the two paddles could not move independently and they had to reverse into Portsmouth to berth, quite a feat in bad weather.

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