Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far30 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 1967-871 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 196753 viewsPoster attrib to Sally Rathmell, with thanks to Jenny Shillitto (now Banbury).adminAug 11, 2019
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].31 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military BratAug 07, 2019
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Sliema Creek 196736 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Sliema 196734 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 196727 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Army Children's School St Andrew's18 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].19 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] 19 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 195238 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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Empire35 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military BratAug 04, 2019
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The PIT 201946 viewsThe PIT is still there disguised as a bookshopphilb57Aug 02, 2019
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Could Malta have become a US possession?49 viewsJudge for yourself HERE

Watercolour USS Constitution in GH 1804, Edwin Galea
adminJul 25, 2019
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Looking for that elusive present...49 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

adminJul 19, 2019
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Suna in Marsamxett76 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-C111 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...104 views...but which school? Anyone recognise a sibling or teacher?

Photo : Brian Fairbotham
adminJun 14, 2019
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More dinghy racing, circa 196554 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 197098 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 Marsamxett87 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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Garrison club dinghies in Marsamxett. Postcard,46 viewsPre 1980 when the Carmelite dome came to dominate the skyline. (Probably Swordfishes pre 1968 when the club bought Pegasus dinghies. Club closed in 1978 of course).

Sails are coloured in, they were white. Some cards show them as white but are less clear.
adminMay 26, 2019
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Bathing machine52 viewsBalluta Bay c.1960

Photo : Norman Schembri
adminMay 19, 2019
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Making Tracks79 viewsIn September 1956 families enjoying the sun at Military Bay (now Golden Bay) are seemingly unconcerned by the landing craft sharing the beach. The vehicles are LVT-3s, known to their British users as the Buffalo, and their crews are training for the invasion of Suez.

Photo : The Tank Museum
adminMay 10, 2019
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Ark in GH69 viewsHMS Ark Royal with Fairey Gannet taking off and SS Freshpring or Freshspray alongside delivering water, November 1960.adminMay 04, 2019
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Uganda 1970s90 viewsTH pupils disembarking - which port?

Photo : Josephine Xuereb
adminApr 28, 2019
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RN families' clinic Tower Road95 viewsWell, they were made to keep the facade - so they did.....(taken 2018).adminApr 09, 2019
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The Parting Shot107 viewsFinal Farewell - the then President of Malta Anton Buttigieg giving the last goodbye as HMS London departs the Grand Harbour on 1st April 1979, the last British naval vessel to leave Malta on the ultimate withdrawal from Malta. She wears the flag of the last Commander of the British forces in Malta, Rear Admiral O N A Cecil CB.

The end of an era - nearly 180 years of the Royal Navy at Malta.
adminApr 01, 2019
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Farewell to BFBS Malta, 40 years ago.73 viewsFarewell to BFBS Malta, 31st March 1979 - open the LINK HERE and click on the small black panel to listen.adminApr 01, 2019
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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well63 viewsCover to the deep well below the Verdala playground.

Sketch by Ken Woodhams.

Verdala website HERE
adminMar 22, 2019
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The Tales of Peter Prictoe63 viewsPP was a pupil at Verdala Dockyard School in the 1930s. He wrote some splendid anecdotes which can be read online HERE adminMar 21, 2019
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Malta Family History39 viewsThe lost website now archived can still be visited.

Essential resource for historians.

Find it HERE
adminMar 21, 2019
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