** Please do not copy photos to other websites, including Facebook - post a link instead **

Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


The_Faithful2C_one_of_the_tugs_my_father_was_skipper_of__It_was_his_favourite_as_it_was_a_paddle_tug__I_think_there_were_two_paddle_tugs_at_the_time_in_the_Dockyard_but_I_cant_remember_the_name_of_the_other_one_.jpg
Faithful31 viewsRosalie Hide, now Stephens, writes "HM Tug Faithful, one of the tugs my father was skipper of. It was his favourite as it was a paddle tug. This was painted by one of his ship's company".
Thank you for permission to publish, Rosalie.
admin
RNAS_HAL_FAR_closes_woolley_may_65_or_67_QQ.jpg
On this day 1965 - Hal-Far65 views1st Sept 1965 RNAS Hal Far was formally handed over to the RAF.

Picture taken 31 August the last day of HMS Falcon.

By kind permission of Mark Woolley whose father Bob took it. See Woolley Family
admin
404510_3114820643801_1818074612_n.jpg
Sliema Creek 196763 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
Military Brat
Admiral_Sir_Alexander_Bingley_being_rowed_for_the_last_time_towards_HMS_Surprise_in_1961_ctsy_Matthew_Ellul_crop.jpg
Traditional farewell to C-in-C132 viewsAdmiral Sir Alexander Bingley, Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean, being rowed to HMS Surprise by his senior Captains and Flag staff on his departure from Malta, 1961.

Photo : Matthew Ellul
admin
In_September_1956_holidaymakers_enjoying_the_sun_at_Military_Bay_in_Malta_28now_called_Ghajn_Tuffieha29_are_seemingly_unconcerned_by_the_landing_craft_sharing_the_beach_.jpg
Making Tracks116 viewsIn September 1956 families enjoying the sun at Military Bay (now Golden Bay) are seemingly unconcerned by the landing craft sharing the beach. The vehicles are LVT-3s, known to their British users as the Buffalo, and their crews are training for the invasion of Suez.

Photo : The Tank Museum
admin
Ark_with_Freshspring_or_spray_Wessex_and_Gannet_8-11-60_ebay_5025.jpg
Ark in GH106 viewsHMS Ark Royal with Fairey Gannet taking off and SS Freshpring or Freshspray alongside delivering water, November 1960.admin
HMS_London_1_apr_79_9025__The_President_of_Malta_Anton_Buttigieg_saluting_the_HMS_London_leaving_the_GH_1-4-79.jpg
The Parting Shot154 viewsFinal Farewell - the then President of Malta Anton Buttigieg giving the last goodbye as HMS London departs the Grand Harbour on 1st April 1979, the last British naval vessel to leave Malta on the ultimate withdrawal from Malta. She wears the flag of the last Commander of the British forces in Malta, Rear Admiral O N A Cecil CB.

The end of an era - nearly 180 years of the Royal Navy at Malta.
admin
BFBS_closes_1.jpg
Farewell to BFBS Malta, 40 years ago.118 viewsFarewell to BFBS Malta, 31st March 1979 - open the LINK HERE and click on the small black panel to listen.admin
Bay_R_no_wm_A_Royal_Navy_hovercraft_glides_onto_the_beach_at_Mellieha_Bay_in_1970_Thanks_to_Miguel_Bonello_for_the_pic.jpg
On the beach108 viewsA Royal Navy hovercraft glides onto the sand at Mellieha Bay in 1970.

Photo : Miguel Bonello
admin
St_A_lifebelt_Lawrence_Marsh_FB_but_could_be_in_museum_now.jpg
Relic of St Angelo108 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.admin
raf_launch_holed_cominoQ_60s_FB_Carline_RobertsQ.jpg
Crab Air afloat - almost148 viewsRAF pinnace off Gozo taken when it ran into a rock and gouged a large hole in its side. Photo thanks to Caroline Roberts whose Dad was a passenger on it that day, circa 1962.admin
Fairey_Fireflies_fly_over_Ghar-id-Dud_during_the_Battle_of_Britain_flypast_in_September_1952_ToM_pic_negs_lost_in_fire.jpg
Fairey Fireflies over Ghar-id-Dud during the Battle of Britain flypast in September 1952141 viewsPhoto: Paul Demajo Albanese Collection Times of Malta. (Negs lost in fire at the Times of Malta offices).admin
team_formation_of_an_Avro_Shackleton_MR_Mk_32C_XF705_27C27_of_203_Squadron_with_a_pair_of_English_Electric_Canberra_PR_Mk_9s_of_13_Squadron_pictured_off_the_coast_of_Malta_July_1969___Source_Aviation_Classic_s_Editor_.jpg
Canberras & Shackleton 1969156 viewsTeam formation of an Avro Shackleton MR Mk.3, XF705 ‘C’ of 203 Squadron with a pair of English Electric Canberra PR Mk.9s of 13 Squadron pictured off the coast of Malta in July 1969.

Photo : Aviation Classics Editor’s collection
admin
Canberras_picture_was_taken_in_1970_during_exercise_Lime_Jug2C_FB_not_attrib2C_others_have_same.jpg
Canberras 1970140 viewsEnglish Electric Canberras over Grand Harbour in 1970 during exercise Lime Jug.

Photo unattributed
admin
Trooper_R_Martin_heart_op_crop.jpg
Trooper R Martin d. 1918149 viewsWhat does Trooper Martin have to do with Malta's part in World War One? Malta, 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' cared for casualties from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns. Martin died like thousands of others - but only after surviving one of the world's first open heart surgeries AND being operated upon by one of the first woman surgeons. He has become famous 100 years later.

Read MORE

...and HERE

...and HERE

We will remember them.
1 commentsadmin
Waterboats_wmtop_right.jpg
Painting by OldBat168 viewsFresh water - but can you spot the difference from the photo?

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadmin
Waterboats_photo_Liz_original.jpg
Freshspring (L) & Carbine (R) 1960 ©141 viewsFreshspring is currently being restored. Google it.

Copyright © Liz Mardel (OldBat)
admin
Oops_Astra_cin_FB_Ern_Ferrante_7-18.jpg
Caption competition229 viewsOutside Astra cinema Luqa.

Answers on a postcard. No prizes, just the kudos.
1 commentsadmin
Children_are_given_a_ride_around_St_Andrew_s_Barracks_during_events_to_celebrate_Airborne_Forces_Day_in_Malta_in_1969_Bay_Ret.jpg
Feeling chuffed232 views"Train" rides round St Andrew's, Airborne Forces Day 1969.admin
1960_PRINT_THE_DUKE_OF_EDINBURGH_BEING_CARRIED_BY_JACKSTAY_OFF_MALTA_walkerton_ebay.jpg
Not waving but drowning167 viewsHRH transfers between HMS Eastbourne and HMS Walkerton off Malta, April 1960.admin
whalers_Sultan_Crew_going_ashore_1889.jpg
Whaler (L) & gig (R)199 viewsHMS Sultan's crew jolly 1889admin
Blue_Ranger_Phill_Rose.jpg
RFA Blue Ranger 1952176 viewsSmall Replenishment Tanker
Copyright © Phill Rose
admin
malta1.jpg
SGTS MESS CHRISTMAS PARTY. ROYAL SIGNALS361 viewsProbably taken at Sgts mess in Floriana. Anybody you recognise ?!tedhebden
Mtarfa_water.jpg
Mtarfa water429 viewsThe photo shows my sister helping with a water delivery to our married families' quarters in St Patrick's.

Copyright © Bruce Williams
1 commentsadmin
ToM_Vulcan_crash_Oct_15_1975.jpg
On This Day - Vulcan crash 14 Oct 1975540 viewsTimes of Malta headline.

Full story here (from 2010)
admin
Lt_Carroll.jpg
On This Day 508 viewsLt George Carroll - Hero of Mosta - died 23 May 2012

Lt Carroll (pictured left) is believed to have been responsible for tackling more unexploded bombs than any other Royal Engineers bomb disposal officer in World War II, across all theatres of war.

Remarkably, he was the only bomb disposal officer from the Army, Navy and Air Force active during the siege of Malta not to be decorated, though this did not bother him.

See TIMES OF MALTA

And UXB MALTA
admin
SWScan00015.jpg
Another mess 'do' - HMS Falcon, Hal Far 1950s424 viewsWith my parents Olive and Len Reed.

Sue Lewis
SC-UK
Susan_plaits2C_Birzebuggia_Xmas_party_c1952.jpg
Birzebuggia Xmas party c1952369 viewsMe in plaits. 'Waiters' in uniform.

Sue Lewis (nee Reed)
SC-UK
Susan_bridesmaid_wren_s_wedding_Kalafrana.jpg
Bridesmaid332 viewsAs bridesmaid at a family friend Wren's wedding Kalafrana 1950s.

Sue Lewis (nee Reed)
SC-UK
Len_c_19591.jpg
Leonard Reed290 viewsMy father Len Reed in the garden at St George, Pretty Bay c1951.

Sue Lewis
SC-UK
Copy_of_Len2C_poss_Hal_Far.jpg
Hal Far - HMS Falcon315 viewsMy father Leonard Reed second from right c1951.

Sue Lewis
SC-UK
Copy_of_Len__Olive_Reed_pals_Malta_1950-53.jpg
Mess Ball - Hal Far?342 viewsMy parents and pals.

Sue Lewis
SC-UK
872 files on 28 page(s) 1