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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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LST Empire Guillemot570 viewsBuilt by Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 1945. L3525. Named HMS Walcheren in 1947. Empire Guillemot in 1956. Sold Singapore for scrapping 1968.Prefect
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LST Empire Skua459 viewsPrefect
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Grenadier Guards 1950s679 views1 commentsPrefect
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HMS Ausonia & Manoel Is. 1959/601229 viewsOther ships are HMS Dainty, parts of HMS Anzio & LST Charles McLeod and a lonely HMS Eastbourne in Sliema Creek. On the island is part of the Leper Hospital, beyond that the Base Supply Office, Fort Manoel, the Diving Centre and Comms Training Centre. To the left of the football pitches is the Canteen (Cinema), in front of which are the tennis courts/roller skating rink of blessed memory.
What a lot of nostalgia!
Mac

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The Duke of Edinburgh570 viewsDisembarking from HMS Walkerton of the 108th MS in Sliema Creek. 1960.
Mac
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Louis Grima ©649 viewsMy grandfather, Louis Grima, and me on RFA Wave Ruler. Photo taken yesterday during the Malta ex-RFA Association visit to the ship. My grandpa served between 1955 and 1970.
Ken Grima
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Allura Wave Ruler! 585 views©Shaun Jones
Pinto Wharf today 18 July.
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RFA Wave Ruler428 viewsVisit to Malta 18-21 JulyPrefect
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RAF Malta492 viewsCourtesy of the War Museum, St Elmo.Prefect
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HMS Phoenicia766 viewsThe bridge crossing the moat to gain entry into Fort Manoel (HMS Phoenicia).
Mac
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HMS Manxman 1951655 viewsFound one at last.Prefect
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Manoel Island Lido 1960 ©1000 viewsThis was taken during the summer of 1960 at the Lido (Manoel Island) and shows crew members from the destroyers and frigates berthed in Sliema Creek relaxing. I recall the great fun we had on the diving board and raft both visible in this photograph. There was also a counter on the beach (in reality rocks) that sold cold drinks. For returning an empty bottle you received 1d. Empties were usually thrown into the sea. We only got paid every 14 days so on the blank week, we’d dive for these empty bottles for the 1d return! Happy days.
Mac
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HMS Ausonia ©1177 viewsIn the summer of 1960 HMS Ausonia went for her summer cruise and is seen here exchanging salutes passing HMS Phoenicia.
Mac
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Lazaretto Creek 1959-601141 viewsWinter of 1959/1960. HMS Ausonia with alongside to right, HMS Lofoten (LST3027), a 108MSS Ton minesweeper (I think Leverton), HM Tug Brigand (A383) and Ford class launch. To the left the destroyer HMS Dainty (D108) and forward a Weapon Destroyer, probably HMS Crossbow (D96). Forward of these are three LCTs incl HMS Redoubt. To the left the two LSTs are Charles Macleod (ex LST3021) managed by British India Steam Navigation on behalf of the Army and behind it HMS Anzio (LST3003). The remainder of the large number of vessels formed part of the reserve fleet. Notice particularly open fields behind Gzira and Ta’ Xbiex.
Mac


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Alongside HMS Forth 19562223 viewsSentinel. Sea Devil, Tudor, Trenchant.
Peter Palmer
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RFA Tidespring ©551 viewsWatercolour by Ossie Jones Prefect
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RFA Amherst645 viewsArmament Stores Carrier usually on the UK-Gibraltar-Malta run, 1952-1963.2 commentsPrefect
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Submarine 1950s563 viewsDisguised as Greek for a film.Prefect
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A well known face in the Dockyard.663 viewsPrefect
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RFA Retainer543 viewsAt Marsaxlokk, 1971/2, involved in the "withdrawal."Prefect
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Medal Ceremony531 viewsPrefect
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HMS Waterwitch513 views Les Hutton's Algerine Class Sweeper.Prefect
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Verdala Camp Christmas Menu 517 viewsHMS Euroclydon was the wartime name of Verdala School .
Les Hutton confirms that this menu was above the usual standard!
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HMS Venerable 1947640 viewsVenerable was sold to the Dutch in 1948 and became Karel Doorman and then commissioned into the Argentine Navy in 1969 as Veinticinco De Mayo, which briefly caused some concern in 1982.Prefect
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Canberra over Luqa main gate743 viewsThis was taken on one of my trips around the island from Pawla where we lived. The picture dates from summer 1971.glub
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HMS Chichester623 viewsPrefect
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RFA Eaglesdale mid 50s459 views©Rex CooperPrefect
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HMS Cumberland 1955601 viewsRex CooperPrefect
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HMS Berwick 1946534 viewsDickinson Collection
Wreck of the famous OHIO in background.
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HMS Ajax 1947615 viewsVeteran of the Plate, Taranto, Matapan, Crete, Force K and D Day.
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Another one fails to make the turn!700 viewsEnriPrefect
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HMS Troubridge 1964661 views See an interesting comparison1 commentsPrefect
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