Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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RAF Luqa 1956652 viewsPrefect
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RFA Amherst c1959 Grand Harbour ©499 viewsGreat faded pic of 'Amherst' in front of the Floating Dock.
Tanker in there is 'British Energy' ( what a mine of info! ) Keep finding these old photos bit by bit!
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My mum, Joyce Day, on board RFA Amherst April/May 1960. ©587 viewsThis goes with the previous pic 'entering Grand harbour' She had just come back from Suda Bay, Crete. Time for cocktails no doubt! ( who last scrubbed the deck!! )3 commentsdeco.rise
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Tug awaiting RFA Amherst entering Grand Harbour - April/May 1960 ©517 views3 commentsdeco.rise
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Captain for a day521 viewsHMS Forth, Xmas Day 1952.Prefect
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Small twin Prop - Luqa about 1960724 viewsDon't recognise aircraft or occasion4 commentsdeco.rise
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The Fleet's in ©872 viewsSummer 1960 - but where? Sliema Creek perhaps?4 commentsJohn Kirby
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Quick march! ©569 viewsTrooping the Colour. Tigne Barracks June 19601 commentsJohn Kirby
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Eyes right! ©505 viewsTrooping the Colour. Floriana June 1960John Kirby
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HMS Ark Royal ©662 viewspossibly in Sliema Creek 19602 commentsJohn Kirby
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HMS Tiptoe 1960s569 viewsPrefect
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HMS Lion ©800 viewsEarly 1960s

Partially completed as HMS Defence, Lion was launched on 2 September 1944 but work was suspended in 1946. Defence was renamed Lion in 1957 and construction continued at Wallsend. She was finally commissioned in July 1960.

In September 1964 Lion was present at the Maltese Independence celebrations. Earlier that year she had been rammed under the Forth Road Bridge by HMS Lowestoft. Emergency repairs were carried out in Rosyth Dockyard before she sailed for Malta with only hours to spare. Early in 1965, Lion was present at the Gambia Independence ceremony at Bathurst, now Banjul. She was decommissioned into the reserve at Devonport until 1972, when she was placed on the disposal list.

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HMS Tiger & Lion in Grand Harbour -24 August 1961941 viewsTiger steaming past her sister ship. According to my records this is the first occasion since the "Tiger" class Cruisers were launched that the two of them are seen together in the Med. Date please??4 commentsdeco.rise
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100th Minesweeper Sqn. off Grand Harbour 1960/61681 viewsFeint pic but a rarity. They are HMS Appleton, Upton, Wolverton & Yarnton 3 commentsdeco.rise
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Dutch Cruiser " De Zeven Provincien" Grand Harbour c1961641 viewsFull harbour!, the Netherlands Cruiser, follwed by 27,300 ton "Empress of Canada" & then 12,300 ton " Dunera"deco.rise
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Spanish Frigate " Triton" going into Marsamxett, c1961604 views2 commentsdeco.rise
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RFA Amherst, 1962/3505 viewsHas very fond memories. This is the ship I went out to Malta in 1959. see also http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/ for more picsdeco.rise
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Israel Destroyer ' Eilat' Marsamxett c1960545 viewsEilat was originally an R.N. Destroyer - Zealous.1 commentsdeco.rise
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HMS Hermes entering Grand Harbour 1961557 viewsSS Olav & SS Lido in foregrounddeco.rise
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LST Messina, Sliema Creek, 1961551 viewsdeco.rise
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Postcard RFA Wave Knight & Wave Protector c1959/60583 viewsdeco.rise
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HMS Blake entering Grand Harbour 1961575 viewsHad just been involved in searcing for survivors of the ill-fated "Clan Keith" which blew up off the coast of Tunisia a couple of days earlier. ( 62 lives lost )deco.rise
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HMS Bermuda Grand Harbour 1961/62506 viewsWears Flag of Rear Admiral D P Dreyer, Flag Officer Flotillas, Meditrraneandeco.rise
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Postcard - Sepia shot late 1930s687 viewsCan anyone name the Criusers & date it accurately?
Batttleships Warspite & Malaya. Date 1938-9.
Netlayer Guardian and Carrier is Courageous or Glorious
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RFA Tide Austral, Spring 1960 Grand Harbour ©503 viewsAs per other 'at sea' pics, Tide Austral re-fuelled HMS Tiger at sea during exrecise I was on.1 commentsdeco.rise
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HMS Tiger off Malta, Spring 1960 ©687 viewsShot taken from a tug by myself after having a day at sea on a Naval Exercise, together with HMS Ark Royal & HMS Scorpion ( pics available )3 commentsdeco.rise
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Postcard Marsamxett Harbour - HM Naval Fleet577 viewsLook at this lot! From c1958/59. 10 points for naming each vessel!2 commentsdeco.rise
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Postcard - Grand Harbour, Cruiser c1950584 viewsCannot remember Cruiser's name. Anyone help?
HMS Liverpool.
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Postcard - Gzira Creek 958 viewsLooks like HMS Forth in foreground, can anybody name any more?6 commentsdeco.rise
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RAF Ta Kali 1950s587 views3 commentsPrefect
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601 Squadron, Ta Kali 1953.537 viewsPrefect
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HMS Lion, Tiger in Grand Harbour, Summer 1961 ©565 viewsMajority of the Fleet on show. Note a tanker in the
floating dock to rear.
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