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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Faithful6 viewsRosalie Hide, now Stephens, writes "HM Tug Faithful, one of the tugs my father was skipper of. It was his favourite as it was a paddle tug. This was painted by one of his ship's company".
Thank you for permission to publish, Rosalie.
adminNov 16, 2019
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Triton Fountain 1960s31 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadminNov 02, 2019
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Triton Fountain 236 viewsFor those who are unaware of the livecam on the roof of The Phoenicia I have been trying unsuccessfully to include a link here, but if you Google "Live Cam Floriana - The Triton Fountain" you will find it. There are other views, too - Tigne, St George's Square, Grand harbour etc.IvanOct 27, 2019
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Triton Fountain 114 viewsNot quite sure which album to put this in, but Then and Now seems appropriate as we are all no doubt familiar with how the area around the fountain used to look, and here it is now. The shot is a screen grab from the livecam mounted on top of The Phoenicia. What an improvement! And with a new twist on the selfie, that's my wife and I sitting on the low wall, bottom right. IvanOct 27, 2019
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The Pit, entrance tunnel44 viewsAfter attempts in 2013 and 2017 and again last week (October 2019) I still can’t get full access to The Pit. Nice people running the military bookshop, but won’t allow me to go down as they have lots of artefacts stored there pending refurbishment to make a museum. However at least I got further than last time. The sloping tunnel remains very familiar, although the steps and smooth concrete sidewalks were not there when we opened the place in summer 1965.1 commentsIvanOct 26, 2019
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 196743 viewsMr Roy Tatton on left, Jill Thackray centre front, poss Eddie Eichmann on right?

Photo : Jill Thackray
adminOct 22, 2019
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 196729 viewsNames please.

Photo : Jill Thackray
adminOct 22, 2019
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What happened to the proposed donkey?19 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
adminOct 12, 2019
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Invites from 196956 viewsCourtesy of Christine Kate Spencer (now Liddy).adminSep 30, 2019
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Malta Independence 196436 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
adminSep 22, 2019
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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far57 views1st Sept 1965 RNAS Hal Far was formally handed over to the RAF.

Picture taken 31 August the last day of HMS Falcon.

By kind permission of Mark Woolley whose father Bob took it. See Woolley Family
adminSep 01, 2019
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The Pit 1967-8129 viewsKay Carberry behind the bar in the Pit, with Corinne Bevan.
Pepsi & Coke only of course.
adminAug 17, 2019
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THE PIT Friday 3rd November 196785 viewsPoster attrib to Sally Rathmell, with thanks to Jenny Shillitto (now Banbury).adminAug 11, 2019
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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]4 viewsGary Kevin Steven and Leslie at the water's edge,
Sliema Creek.
Military BratAug 09, 2019
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].47 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military BratAug 07, 2019
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Sliema Creek 196747 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Sliema 196752 viewsOn the right a locally produced
Triumph Herald made by The Car Assembly Ltd [CAL]
at the Marsa production line.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Sliema 196746 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Army Children's School St Andrew's27 viewsSt Andrew's Army School.
Swimming Certificate Third Class.
Headmaster Mr A.S.D.Watson.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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TSS Oxfordshire [1957-1964] Later TSS Fairstar [1964-1997].23 viewsSS Oxfordshire was a Troopship launched on December 15th by
Mrs Dorothea Head wife of The Minister of Defence.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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RFA Empire Gull [L3513] 24 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.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Boy in grey blazer 195245 viewsNow identified as John Clark, TH 1947-1949 & 1952-1954.

(...not forgetting that there were still some junior classes at TH until 1955).

adminAug 05, 2019
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Empire39 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military BratAug 04, 2019
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The PIT 201981 viewsThe PIT is still there disguised as a bookshopphilb57Aug 02, 2019
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Could Malta have become a US possession?55 viewsJudge for yourself HERE

Watercolour USS Constitution in GH 1804, Edwin Galea
adminJul 25, 2019
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Looking for that elusive present...55 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

adminJul 19, 2019
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Suna in Marsamxett86 viewsJoe Mardel at the helm, 1958.

Suna was a "windfall" yacht. With Star & RNSA 14' as supporting cast.

See Windfall Yacht Suna
adminJul 06, 2019
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Traditional farewell to C-in-C117 viewsAdmiral Sir Alexander Bingley, Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean, being rowed to HMS Surprise by his senior Captains and Flag staff on his departure from Malta, 1961.

Photo : Matthew Ellul
adminJun 21, 2019
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Primary children visit Ark Royal in GH 1973-4...126 views...but which school? Anyone recognise a sibling or teacher?

Photo : Brian Fairbotham
adminJun 14, 2019
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More dinghy racing, circa 196562 viewsSwordfish from Garrison Club in M'xett. Sail no.174 in centre.

Navy dentist Jerry Gardner (RN Tower Road clinic) sailed 175 (actually a Navy boat from St Angelo) and lavished much attention on her with gleaming mirror finish. He kept her at MGSC and constantly beat the Pongos. In retaliation he was disqualified for not wearing the correct "15" mark on the sail. Sour grapes or what !
adminJun 09, 2019
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Folklore at MGSC Hay Warf 1970122 viewsMartin Donnelly on foredeck, who on the helm? (Or was it vice versa?)

Apologies for camera shake and poor quality.
adminJun 02, 2019
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More sailing in Marsamxett96 viewsFrom the Times of Malta 26 July 1970. Folkdance was a Garrison boat. Mike Johnson taught at St Andrew's.

Pictures of Sonia and Sheba (Navy Folkboats) required !!
adminMay 27, 2019
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