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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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St George's Bay & Barracks3574 views2 commentsPrefect
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Fleur de Lis Gate3497 viewsAbout 1904, before the roundabout.
Rails on the left by the Aqueduct are for the construction of the Tramway.
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The Harbour St Paul's Bay 1930s1894 viewsPrefect
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Hal Far 19451816 viewsPrefect
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Piazza Maggiore Floriana in 18581532 viewsWatercolour by Admiral Sir Edward Fanshawe showing the view from his house.
Piazza Maggiore was renamed Piazza Sir Filippo Sciberras and is now Triq Pietro Floriani (Map). Kalkara Gate was demolished in 1888.
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Bridge near Mosta1394 viewsAcross Wied ta' l-Isperanza or Wied il-Ghasel. Take your pick.
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Verdala 19161157 viewsPrisoners of War at St Clements Camp, site of the later school.Prefect
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The Original Magic Kiosk1129 viewsThe film Naughty Marietta was released in 1935.Prefect
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Tigne Barracks1063 viewsThe Royal Garrison Artillery prepares to leave for Ghajn Tuffieha Camp.
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Gloster Sea Gladiator Mark I, N5520.1061 viewsprobably while being flown by No. 261 Squadron RAF at Ta Kali
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Hal Far Fighter Flight
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Marsamxett Ferry1019 viewsBeyond are the Tigne Married Quarters above the famous caves.14 commentsPrefect
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Wartime Valleta1012 views6 commentsPrefect
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Malta Protestant College, Balluta.984 viewsProposed new buildings. Were they ever built?Prefect
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Hal Far - Kalafrana. 1933-1938.957 viewsJohn ClarkPrefect
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Postcard Villa Zammit Pietà937 viewsWith what looks like Villa Guardamangia at the top.Prefect
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Manoel Island under attack912 views21 commentsPrefect
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Tower Road903 viewsOn a Sunday Afternoon?2 commentsPrefect
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Msida Bastion Cemetery (left) & Hay Wharf901 viewsAn early British cemetery used 1806-1856, recently restored.
The hay stacked in pyramids was for Army horses.
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Pieta866 viewsThe little chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, which dates from the seventeenth century.Prefect
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Royal Naval Canteen, Corradino.859 viewsPre - War. From John Clark.
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The Water Supply, Spinola, WW2.833 viewsPrefect
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HMS Hibernia 1902832 viewsOn her way to be scrapped at Pieta. (R.Ellis).
HMS Hibernia was a 110-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. She was launched at Plymouth dockyard on 17 November 1804, and was the last ship to fly the flag of the Earl of St Vincent. (A famous House!)
She was flagship of the British Mediterranean Fleet from 1816 until 1855, when she became the flagship for the Royal Navy's base at Malta and stationed in Grand Harbour. She remained in this role until she was sold in 1902.
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HMS Hibernia813 viewsBuilt 1804. She was flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet from 1816 until 1855, when she became the flagship for the Royal Navy's base at Malta, remaining in this role until she was sold in 1902. Known locally as Arbania. Replaced by HMS Egmont and in 1912 the name transferred to the fort which was renamed HMS St Angelo in 1933.Prefect
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Fort Tigne807 viewsIn splendid isolation.Prefect
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Ta'Xbiex797 viewsThe Malta Story
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Tigne Hospital WW1781 viewsSgts Mess, RAMC Mess & patients' recreation room.
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Dockyard College, Clock & Senglea Gate772 viewsNear Sheer Bastion.2 commentsPrefect
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Manoel Island Bridge768 viewsPrefect
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Rudolph Street Sliema 1880763 viewsR.Ellis2 commentsPrefect
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RNH Mtarfa762 viewsAfter the First World War there was a re-organization of the military medical services on the Islands. The Mtarfa Hospital, commissioned in 1912, was opened on the 29th June 1920, even though it had been in use for some time earlier. During the Second World War, the Mtarfa Hospital and barracks were reorganized as the 90th General Hospital and built up to a maximum of 1200 beds. An underground hospital was excavated under the military hospital. After the war the 90th General was reformed as the David Bruce Military Hospital. This continued to serve the military, complementing Bighi Naval Hospital, until 1970. For the next eight years, the Mtarfa Hospital served the needs of British military and naval personnel until its closure in 1978.1 commentsPrefect
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Sunderland at Kalafrana762 viewsAfter air attack in 1941.Prefect
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