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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Cunard Hovercraft in Grand Harbour, 1967144 viewsBetween 24 February 1967 and 10 May 1967, Cunard's RMS Sylvania carried British Hovercraft Corporation's SRN-6 type hovercraft 024 on board during her cruises in the Mediterranean from Gibraltar. The BHC was trying to interest the governments of various countries bordering the Mediterranean in purchasing hovercraft, and to give government officials a practical demonstration of the hovercraft's capabilities. It was put into the water, using the ship's gear, at various ports and sent on demonstration runs. The hovercraft was not there to provide sight-seeing trips for cruise passengers, although occasional short trips for passengers were made 'around the bay' between the official runs. The venture proved unsuccessful and was not repeated.

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Lija bus 3032, a tight squeeze194 viewsLija Bus no. 3032 daily trip passing Triq il-Mithna on its way to Valletta, 1960s.

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Gozo hydofoil 1964 - Postcard144 viewsIn 1964 the Malta Aliscafi Ltd started operating a hydrofoil service between Grand Harbour and Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. The hydrofoil in use was the Delfin. It was commonly known as L-Izgicc. The company went bankrupt in 1968 and Delfin was sold in Italy.admin
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Making a comeback159 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op

See also THIS ONE

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TSS Oxfordshire [1957-1964] Later TSS Fairstar [1964-1997].187 viewsSS Oxfordshire was a Troopship launched on December 15th by
Mrs Dorothea Head wife of The Minister of Defence.
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RFA Empire Gull [L3513] 126 viewsRFA Empire Gull was a landing ship of The Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
She was affectionately known as the "Black Pig" and was one of
the last serving LSTs.
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Empire134 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military Brat
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Looking for that elusive present...139 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

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Bathing machine159 viewsBalluta Bay c.1960

Photo : Norman Schembri
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...but when very shiny173 viewsPhoto : pinterest unattributedadmin
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...and now...243 viewsRust in Peace

Photo: Marco Zammit Collection
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Then...208 viewsGasan Wayne Sliema bus at the Ferry 1958.

With 104th Minesweeping Squadron.

Photo: Alex Hosking
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First bus fleet 1905, Thornycroft.239 viewsImported by family Agius, well known to admin.

20hp - half hp per person !
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HMS MMS 10 (pennant J 510) 1951182 viewsHarbour minesweeper, postcard.

With Forth before moving to Msida.
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Star of Malta July 1955621 viewsFull story here.Prefect
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Zejtun Terminus345 viewsAnd collapsed reservoir.

The authorities were looking into it.
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Mellieha Bus at Mgarr332 viewsThe Church was completed in 1946.
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The Coast Road Dualled452 viewsSee the video.
The original was built by the Royal Engineers.
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Octopus ©348 viewsIn Mellieha Bay. Wiki1 commentsPrefect
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The latest colour scheme ©258 viewsThough many are still in Arriva colours.Prefect
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New Grand Harbour Ferry ©277 viewsPrefect
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The Ferry - Before 1959500 views4 commentsPrefect
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Wolseley 1500333 viewsPrefect
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Spinola Terminus 1963329 viewsPrefect
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Viscounts at Luqa440 views1 commentsPrefect
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Trouble on the Buses again!408 viewsNew ticket system. And the tourists are being ripped off again. Times of Malta.1 commentsPrefect
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Film Prop Submarine U571415 viewsNow berthed Marsa end of Grand Harbour. See Wiki for more details MacHead
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Sliema Buses at Kingsgate370 viewsPrefect
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Troopship Dunera342 viewsBritish India SN Co.Prefect
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Castille Bus Terminus352 viewsSee the Bus Routes.Prefect
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Thames 3037 at the Ferry544 views5 commentsPrefect
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Bargain Bus ticket306 viewsUnlimited all day travel for E1.50.(No extra charge for non-residents.) It probably won't last long as the new operator is planning an Oyster Card.Prefect
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