Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Last additions - Malta
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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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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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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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Empire35 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military BratAug 04, 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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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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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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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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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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On the beach51 viewsA Royal Navy hovercraft glides onto the sand at Mellieha Bay in 1970.

Photo : Miguel Bonello
adminMar 13, 2019
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...but when very shiny74 viewsPhoto : pinterest unattributedadminFeb 25, 2019
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...and now112 viewsRust in Peace.

Photo: Marco Zammit Collection
adminFeb 11, 2019
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Then...104 viewsGasan Wayne Sliema bus at the Ferry 1958.

With 104th Minesweeping Squadron.

Photo: Alex Hosking
adminFeb 11, 2019
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Relic of St Angelo47 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.adminJan 27, 2019
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Crab Air afloat - almost76 viewsRAF pinnace off Gozo taken when it ran into a rock and gouged a large hole in its side. Photo thanks to Caroline Roberts whose Dad was a passenger on it that day, circa 1962.adminJan 19, 2019
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Fairey Fireflies over Ghar-id-Dud during the Battle of Britain flypast in September 195270 viewsPhoto: Paul Demajo Albanese Collection Times of Malta. (Negs lost in fire at the Times of Malta offices).adminJan 19, 2019
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Canberras & Shackleton 196982 viewsTeam formation of an Avro Shackleton MR Mk.3, XF705 ‘C’ of 203 Squadron with a pair of English Electric Canberra PR Mk.9s of 13 Squadron pictured off the coast of Malta in July 1969.

Photo : Aviation Classics Editor’s collection
adminJan 13, 2019
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Canberras 197063 viewsEnglish Electric Canberras over Grand Harbour in 1970 during exercise Lime Jug.

Photo unattributed
adminJan 13, 2019
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Trooper R Martin d. 191886 viewsWhat does Trooper Martin have to do with Malta's part in World War One? Malta, 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' cared for casualties from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns. Martin died like thousands of others - but only after surviving one of the world's first open heart surgeries AND being operated upon by one of the first woman surgeons. He has become famous 100 years later.

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...and HERE

...and HERE

We will remember them.
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Freshspray & Freshspring 1960 ©103 viewsPainting by OldBat.

But which is which? (Look closely and compare with photo).

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadminAug 10, 2018
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Freshspray (L) & Freshspring (R) 1960 ©99 viewsFreshspring is currently being restored. Google it.

Copyright © Liz Mardel (OldBat)
adminAug 10, 2018
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