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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Gozo hydofoil 1964 - Postcard26 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.adminJan 31, 2020
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Battle scar46 views"Sergeant Gordon Tweedale of 185 Squadron [was] shot down and killed in his first sortie in a Spitfire. Tweedale’s Spitfire ... crashed in Lija ... . The scarred wall of a building on the corner of Saviour Street, damaged by the Spitfire in the final moments of its terminal dive, remains a poignant reminder... ."
Text from Air Battle for Malta by Anthony Rogers, published by Greenhill Books, c/o Pen & Sword Books Ltd.
Picture courtesy of Google Street View; screenshot taken November 2019.
1 commentsIvanJan 17, 2020
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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky28 viewsRead more HEREadminJan 09, 2020
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Making a comeback36 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op1 commentsadminJan 05, 2020
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201927 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadminDec 24, 2019
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All the best from Farsons 49 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadminDec 06, 2019
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Faithful47 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 1960s76 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadminNov 02, 2019
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Triton Fountain 256 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 135 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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What happened to the proposed donkey?40 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
adminOct 12, 2019
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Malta Independence 196446 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
adminSep 22, 2019
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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far85 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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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]26 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].61 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military BratAug 07, 2019
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Sliema Creek 196776 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Sliema 196771 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 196763 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military BratAug 06, 2019
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TSS Oxfordshire [1957-1964] Later TSS Fairstar [1964-1997].62 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] 65 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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Empire74 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military BratAug 04, 2019
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Could Malta have become a US possession?68 viewsJudge for yourself HERE

Watercolour USS Constitution in GH 1804, Edwin Galea
adminJul 25, 2019
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Looking for that elusive present...89 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

adminJul 19, 2019
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Traditional farewell to C-in-C145 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 196586 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 Marsamxett129 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,94 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 27, 2019
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Bathing machine92 viewsBalluta Bay c.1960

Photo : Norman Schembri
adminMay 20, 2019
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Making Tracks125 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 GH118 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 Road154 viewsWell, they were made to keep the facade - so they did.....(taken 2018).adminApr 09, 2019
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The Parting Shot165 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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