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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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The Torpedo Depot, Msida Creek904 viewsOriginally built in 1855 as the P&O Coal Stores, the Depot closed in 1964 having looked after the sweepers in its final years.Prefect
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LST Empire Skua 1964483 viewsBuilt Yarrows, Esquimalt as LST 3517,1945. Renamed HMS St. Nazaire 1947. Brought out of mothballs for Suez 1956 under War Office as Empire Skua managed by Atlantic Steam and later BI. Scrapped La Spezia 1968.Prefect
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LST Evan Gibb 1957443 viewsBuilt Fairfield as LST 3037 1945. To War Office 1946 renamed Evan Gibb. Managed by Atlantic Steam and later BI. Scrapped La Spezia 1963.Prefect
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HMS Ranpura603 viewsPaid off in November 1958 after five years on station, mostly in Lazaretto Creek, though on this occasion she was in Grand Harbour.Prefect
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A well stocked Sliema Creek589 viewsphillrose
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Careful with my new staff car!488 viewsPrefect
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A better shot of Lion in Marsamxett495 viewsPrefect
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RFA Blue Ranger 1948449 viewsEspecially for Phill.1 commentsPrefect
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RFA Spabrook 1948391 viewsSupplying water.Prefect
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Qrendi Camp ©568 viewsRest Camp June 1952Jeanette
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Cleopatra ©872 viewsLeaving for Istanbul 21 July 1952 (stern of Gambia leaving for home)Jeanette
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Royal Naval Hospital Bighi751 viewsA museum is being established by MCST.
"Medical History of Royal Naval Hospital in Bighi will be presented in a
museum-like format of exhibition. We are hoping to find any Hospital-
related photos and artefacts. We also very interested in finding some
personal stories, legends and anecdotes about Bighi Hospital."
Prefect will forward contributions, or send direct to elena.yasnetskaya@gov.mt
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HMS Naiad636 viewsCorradino Canteen left.
©Chris Howell Collection.
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The last warships depart.616 viewsThe 7th MCM Squadron leave on 31 March 1969 for reserve at Gibraltar, leaving only HMS Layburn & RFA Sea Salvor.Prefect
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HMS Layburn ©857 viewsFrom 1969 - 1973, the last RN ship at Malta. Replaced by RMAS Garganey.
©Chris Howell Collection.
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HMS Lion off Fort Manoel725 viewsProbably 1962.3 commentsPrefect
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HMS Victorious 1958616 views2 commentsPrefect
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RNVR Fireflies over Hal Far 1954814 viewsPrefect
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The Families Return 1972518 viewsPrefect
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HMS Girdle Ness 1959507 viewsReceiving a Seaslug missile from RFA Retainer.
© IWM (A 34233)
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Royal Visit to Gozo 1967460 viewsEmbarking Grand Harbour.
In the foreground are members of the Malta Port Division which was temporarily disbanded in March 1972 and finally in January 1979. Servants of Empire.
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Royal Visit to Gozo458 viewsEmbarking Mgarr November 1967Prefect
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St Angelo 1967544 viewsFort St AngeloMartin Powell
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Admiralty Dredger St. Alban536 views1 commentsPrefect
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Crab Air423 viewsMartin Powell
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USS Liberty 1967488 viewsArriving on June 14 for repair with casualties following the incident.Prefect
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USS Nautilus 1960495 views1 commentsPrefect
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HMS Ricasoli 1947 -1958700 viewsSignal training, Cookery, Leadership, Rifle Range, Transit Depot & Lido.
The Army took over the fort but the Lido came under St Angelo.
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Bighi Cot Lift487 viewsBuilt 1903. Damaged WW2 and reopened by Lady Grantham in 1956.Prefect
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H M S LION 1962 ©699 viewsalexander
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HMS Girdle Ness 1961829 viewsGoing home on completion of the Sea Slug trials.
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Forth again550 viewsPrefect
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