Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

 
 

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A Kosher Sliema Bus ©330 views1 commentsPrefect
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A Very Shiny Sliema Bus?303 viewsNo, a failed attempt to turn back the clock on a post 1977 bus. Fake number plate, route sign and the waistband should be dark green.Prefect
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Was this your School Bus?338 views3 commentsPrefect
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Constellation at Luqa 1976324 viewsIn service as a bar.Prefect
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Box Boat CMA CGM Otello at Marsaxlokk334 viewsMarseilles-registered 8238 TEU container vessel.
They are getting bigger so the container terminal at Kalafrana is to be expanded to cope.
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Empress of Australia275 viewsBuilt as TIRPITZ for Hamburg-Amerika Line by Vulcanwerke, A.G at Stettin, Germany
21,861 GRT - 615 x 75 feet - Twin screw, turbines - 17 knots
370 First class, 190 Second Class, 415 Third Class, 1,000 Steerage
Troopship from 1939, in which the Spear family went home in 1951. Scrapped 1952.
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Valletta Station333 viewsPostcard. Written on the back - " This will give you a glimpse of the only railway in Malta which runs only a few miles to the old capital Citta Vecchia. The full fare is only 31/2d. It is quite a Puffing Billy affair. It will tell you what its like when I say that when the train is rather crowded, they sit on the footboards. I've done it myself."Prefect
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Scythia 1948294 viewsCunard's SCYTHIA of 1920 while serving as a troop transport. She was released from trooping service later that year and refitted as a liner again. Scrapped in 1958.
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Site of Attard Station ©265 viewsPrefect
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But the cats can't read! ©329 views1 commentsPrefect
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Imperial Eagle at Mgarr 1965292 viewsPostcardPrefect
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Landing in Sliema Creek ©305 views1 commentsPrefect
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Taking off in Grand Harbour ©275 viewsPrefect
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Tram at Hamrun356 viewsPrefect
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Attard Station364 viewsPrefect
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Hamrun Station508 viewsPrefect
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The New Sliema Ferry 2006 ©282 viewsPrefect
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Caronia 1950343 viewsThe Green Goddess. Built 1949, sold 1968, wrecked/scrapped 1974.
Admiralty tug Respond in attendance.
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Chusan 1969257 viewsP&O. Built 1950, scrapped 1973.Prefect
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Cameronia 1952338 viewsAnchor Line, built 1920. Requisitioned as troopship 1940 - 47. Then emigrant ship until 1953 when bought by MOT as troopship and renamed Empire Clyde. Scrapped 1957.Prefect
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Grand Harbour 1962390 viewsPerhaps Prefect can identify ships?1 commentsrobinwilliams
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View of Vitoriosa 1962322 viewsrobinwilliams
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Staff at the Tram Depot401 viewsThe Malta Tramways were set up by the British corporation Macartney, McElroy & Co. Ltd. Construction of the lines began in 1904, with the main terminus being built in Porta Reale, Valletta, so that lines would run over Floriana and Hamrun, at which point they would diverge to different urban centres, including the Three Cities of the Cottonera and Zebbug, passing through Qormi. An extension to cover Birkirkara was later added to the original schedule. After 24 years of service, being declared insolvent, the tram company closed down on December 15th, 1929.Prefect
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Troopship Empire Halladale541 viewsBuilt 1921 in Hamburg as the ANTONIO DELFINO for the Hamburg South America Line, 13,589 gross tons, twin screw, speed 13 knots with accommodation for 184-1st, 334-2nd and 1,368-3rd class passengers. May 1945 taken over by British forces at Copenhagen and refitted as a troopship. Nov.1945 allocated to the Ministry of War Transport, managed by Anchor Line and renamed EMPIRE HALLADALE. Oct.1955 laid up and 1956 sold for scrapping at Dalmuir.3 commentsPrefect
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Wedding Coach 1952312 viewsPhill RosePrefect
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Wedding Coach 1952283 viewsPhill RosePrefect
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Rolling off at Mgarr347 viewsOur first vist to Gozo by Imperial Eagle 1960.Prefect
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Green Buses post 1977359 viewsSee the full story on the old buses here.2 commentsPrefect
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Troopship Cheshire399 viewsBuilt Govan 1927, Bibby Line. 1939 The Admiralty. Converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser for WWII service as HMS Cheshire.
Torpedoed 1940. Reverted to MOWT as troop transport 1943.
Restored to owners as passenger ship 1948 but converted again for trooping 1953 before scrapping at Newport, Monmouthshire, 1957.
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HMT Cheshire335 viewsOn leaving Malta in 1954 we, as a family, travelled back to UK in Cheshire docking in Liverpool. The ship not only carried families but also a lot of troops returning from a tour in Egypt.1 commentsrobinwilliams
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Dodge293 views1 commentsPrefect
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Jylland leaving Mgarr301 viewsPostcard circa 1970Prefect
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