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New Barrakka Lift1564 viewsCourtesy of Malta Buses. More here.Prefect
Buses Post Card1542 viewsIn the proper coloursPrefect
Ken Stubbs, Bunty Stubbs, Margaret Gamble, Paddy Gamble, Malta 19521228 viewsThe car is possibly a Riley ?4 commentsdfss
Fallen Star849 views29 July 1955.
©Jane Banks
Video Clip
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Peter and Charmaine ©848 viewsWhile doing the midday sun thing last year at Mgarr, we (Grahame Cain & I) came across what looked like a fully rigged luzzu. Being nosy I climbed aboard uninvited for a closer look. Peter emerged from the shade beneath and we spent an hour grilling him (no hat either). When he was fully baked we let him get back to his painting. He writes….(see comments below)….1 commentsMartin Powell
Amerigo Vespucci 1959815 views©Liz MardelPrefect
Kingsgate Terminus799 viewsAfter Kingsgate had been desecrated into Citygate.
Martin Powell
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Old Zabbar Bus 2522 Back in Service692 viewsTimes of Malta.
As she was.
Imperial Eagle672 viewsFormerly Crested Eagle. Gozo Ferry 1958 - 1968.
After a period of lay up and vandalism in Grand Harbour, she was laid to rest as a diving wreck off Qawra Point in 1999.
Wreck of the Bancinu636 viewsGozo Ferry 1950 -1957
Broke her moorings at Mgarr in a gale and was salvaged by RFA Uplifter.
Notary Zarb Street Attard 1928605 viewsThe Valletta-Rabat road about to be asphalted.
Villa Refalo (background) in 1962 became the restaurant Villa Corinthia which then expanded into the Corinthia Palace Hotel, and then went global.
Steam Ferry leaving Senglea588 viewsDockyard Terrace and Sheer Bastion at right.
Before 1927 when the sheerlegs were removed.
Imperial Eagle 1970s583 viewsHer glory days past, having been displaced from the Marfa - Mgarr route by a Ro-Ro, she took over the freight route from Valletta from the Queen of Peace before eventually being laid up.16 commentsPrefect
My then boyfriend Joe's car, not very affectionately known as 'the orange anglia"!574 views©5 commentsOldBat
Ooops!572 viewsSliema Creek c19552 commentsPrefect
Charmaine runnning goose-winged ©570 viewsDo the Maltese (or Gozitans) have a word for it? Peter continues below....1 commentsMartin Powell
Melita Land at Mgarr558 viewsIn service 1974 - 1991.Prefect
Malta Express547 viewsEntered service 1976. The bean counters have taken control of ship design & naming!Prefect
Scammell Scarab ©545 viewsMobile Post Office Valletta 2012
Restoration Project
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Malta Railway 536 viewsArtwork by Edgar Vella.
The original timber viaduct was insisted upon by the War Office, to allow them to quickly remove the breach in the fortifications. Later rebuilt in stone.
Troll c1960534 viewsWith Sea Giant.
© Rex Cooper.
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Viscount (G-AMNY) at Luqa, 5 Jan 1960.530 viewsPlease remain in your seat until the aircraft has come to a complete stop.
Information from Viscount Network
The Viscount was taxiing along the runway after landing when a hydraulic system pressure loss occurred. Wheel brakes and nosewheel steering were inoperative and the plane left the runway, rolling down an area of downslope. Because of the hydraulic system pressure loss an attempt by the pilot to raise the gear failed. The aircraft crashed into the control tower. Investigation revealed a fractured pipe line and faulty operation of a non-return valve intended to conserve pressure if there was a break in the main hydraulic system.
The cockpit and nose was badly crushed and the fuselage broke open forward of the wing leading edge. All 5 crew and 46 passengers escaped without serious injury.
The radio equipment was stolen while the aircraft was stored awaiting disposal.
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Oh Dear!519 viewsThe Star of Malta being salvaged from the reef off Dragonara Point. July 1955.
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Star of Malta 1961 ©513 views In 1952 she was sold to Maltese owner, Paul M. Laferla, who operated her thrice weekly as the passenger ferry Star of Malta between Malta and Syracuse.
Full History
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Dghajsa tal Latini511 viewsGozo Boats at Mgarr.
So called because of their Lateen rig. Survived (with diesel engines) up to the sixties.
The last one is being restored at Mgarr.
Read all about it
Types of Maltese Boats
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Super Constellation & Triumph Herald507 viewsThe aircraft was confiscated for arms smuggling in 1965 and later turned into a restaurant.
The car was probably assembled in Malta.
Tilley (Bedford Utilicon)505 viewsMac
Reminiscent of the School Transport driven by Benny Cassar who is on the left in THIS PHOTO
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Star of Malta504 viewsAground on Mercanti Reef off St Julian's Bay July 1955.
See Also
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Magirus-Deutz502 viewsIs this the same bus?
Martin Powell
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New Barrakka Lift501 viewsCourtesy of Malta Buses. More here.Prefect
Jylland ©486 viewsGozo Ferry 1968 - 1978. Then round the island cruises.
Ex HMS Kilbride
Photo Tim Cornwell
RMS Almanzora postcard485 viewsBuilt: 1915 by Harland & Wolff, for Royal Mail. The Almanzora saw war service in the 10th Cruiser Squadron and at war's end arrived in Belfast for refurbishment, completed in 1920. Remained on Southampton - River Plate route until WW2 when she was used as a Troopship. At war's end she continued in Government Service but this time as an emigrant ship until being laid up off Cowes in 1947.Prefect
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