Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Corradino Canteen885 viewsOpened 1897, closed 1968. Damaged by bombing and only partly rebuilt. (As was). Once had 38 snooker tables, 200 seat restaurant and 1000 seat theatre. Continued as a trade school until demolished in 1975 to make way for the new dock.2 commentsPrefect
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Msida Creek 1962880 viewsNarvik with the subs, several Ton class, and Ausonia far left.1 commentsPrefect
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Sliema Creek875 viewsCorunna, Barrosa & Aisne ?
©Lesley Cole
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The Fleet's in ©872 viewsSummer 1960 - but where? Sliema Creek perhaps?4 commentsJohn Kirby
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HMS Manxman in disguise841 viewsAbdiel Class Minelayer. Photographed off Gozo (Dwejra Bay) in 1952 disguised as a German cruiser for the film Single Handed. Along with her sister Welshman, she played an important part in sustaining Malta during the Siege and was later there for most of the 1950s, taking part in the Suez operation.
Manxman History
Welshman Episode
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Cleopatra ©836 viewsLeaving for Istanbul 21 July 1952 (stern of Gambia leaving for home)Jeanette
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The Torpedo Depot, Msida Creek828 viewsOriginally built in 1855 as the P&O Coal Stores, the Depot closed in 1964 having looked after the sweepers in its final years.Prefect
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HMS Ark Royal 1960824 views©John GardinerPrefect
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1st Destroyer Sqn 1961818 viewsHMS Solebay (Captain. 'D') leading Saintes, Finisterre, ahead of Camperdown. Leaving Malta for the last time (20th Sept. 1961)Prefect
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Wrens HMS Falcon 1963809 viewsPrefect
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HMS Layburn ©804 viewsFrom 1969 - 1973, the last RN ship at Malta. Replaced by RMAS Garganey.
©Chris Howell Collection.
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HMS Lion ©800 viewsEarly 1960s

Partially completed as HMS Defence, Lion was launched on 2 September 1944 but work was suspended in 1946. Defence was renamed Lion in 1957 and construction continued at Wallsend. She was finally commissioned in July 1960.

In September 1964 Lion was present at the Maltese Independence celebrations. Earlier that year she had been rammed under the Forth Road Bridge by HMS Lowestoft. Emergency repairs were carried out in Rosyth Dockyard before she sailed for Malta with only hours to spare. Early in 1965, Lion was present at the Gambia Independence ceremony at Bathurst, now Banjul. She was decommissioned into the reserve at Devonport until 1972, when she was placed on the disposal list.

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The USN lights up Sliema Creek798 views©Liz MardelOldBat
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Tigne Barracks 1956794 viewsBuild up for Suez.3 commentsPrefect
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HMS Girdle Ness 1961790 viewsGoing home on completion of the Sea Slug trials.
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AFD 35776 viewsAdmiralty Floating Dock. Towed from Bombay in two sections, it remained off Magazine Wharf from 1948 - 1965.2 commentsPrefect
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Nimrods of 203 Sqn at Luqa 1970s773 viewsColin Pomeroy
No prizes for spotting the school!
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RNVR Fireflies over Hal Far 1954759 viewsPrefect
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HMS Euryalus 1950750 views1 commentsDavid Woolfenden
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Postcard HMS Forth 1950s746 viewsHMS Ranpura at right.1 commentsPrefect
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HMS Phoenicia738 viewsThe bridge crossing the moat to gain entry into Fort Manoel (HMS Phoenicia).
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HMS Nigeria 1948732 viewsMartin Powell
Colonies Class Cruiser. Damaged by torpedo on Operation Pedestal 1942.
Sold to India (INS Mysore) 1957.
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Lancaster GR Mk 3 over Filfla c1952732 views37 Squadron.
Crashed on Luqa village 30 Dec 1952- See ToM.
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Diving School 1956 - 57731 viewsHMS Phoenicia, Manoel Island.3 commentsPrefect
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HMS Mediator731 viewsRescue Tug operated out of Malta with mainly Maltese Crew.
Bustler Class. Built 1944, sold 1964.
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HMS Breconshire 1950726 viewsAn Auxiliary Supply Ship sunk by bombing in Marsaxlokk, March 1942 after a valiant attempt to reach Grand Harbour from Alexandria, her convoy having been scattered.
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HMS Illustrious 1943725 viewsHarbour boom rigged.4 commentsPrefect
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Small twin Prop - Luqa about 1960724 viewsDon't recognise aircraft or occasion4 commentsdeco.rise
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Canberra over Luqa main gate721 viewsThis was taken on one of my trips around the island from Pawla where we lived. The picture dates from summer 1971.glub
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HMS London 1947718 viewsAndrew Blake2 commentsPrefect
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Hell Boats 1970716 viewsThe MoviePrefect
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HMS Forth 715 viewsWith Striker & Sefton alongside1 commentsPrefect
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