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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (1)114 viewsBelieved to be on the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

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On the beach113 viewsA Royal Navy hovercraft glides onto the sand at Mellieha Bay in 1970.

Photo : Miguel Bonello
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Relic of St Angelo111 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.admin
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THE PIT Friday 3rd November 1967111 viewsPoster attrib to Sally Rathmell, with thanks to Jenny Shillitto (now Banbury).admin
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The Pit, entrance tunnel111 viewsAfter attempts in 2013 and 2017 and again last week (October 2019) I still can’t get full access to The Pit. Nice people running the military bookshop, but won’t allow me to go down as they have lots of artefacts stored there pending refurbishment to make a museum. However at least I got further than last time. The sloping tunnel remains very familiar, although the steps and smooth concrete sidewalks were not there when we opened the place in summer 1965.1 commentsIvan
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Ark in GH110 viewsHMS Ark Royal with Fairey Gannet taking off and SS Freshpring or Freshspray alongside delivering water, November 1960.admin
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The PIT 2019108 viewsThe PIT is still there disguised as a bookshop.philb57
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Aerial plan mid-60s103 viewsNorth is right

Compare view HERE

Key : 1. Block 11 - Dining Hall & Galley
2. Block 11 - 6th form
3. Old Music Room / Careers Room / sometime L6th common room
4. Block 12 Classrooms
5. Block 12 Classrooms
6. Language Lab
7. Caretaker's Store
8. Tuck Shop
9. Science Block (13)
10. Block 1 Classrooms & Biology Lab
11. Block 2 Classrooms
12. Incinerator
13. Classrooms? (Possibly toilets but wrong colour)
14. Block 3 Classrooms
15. Block 4 Classrooms
16. Block 5 Classrooms
17. Block 6 Classrooms & Metalwork / Tech Drawing
18. Block 14 Classrooms & Shorthand / Typing
19. Boys’ Toilets
20. Block 15 Classrooms
21. Library
22. Block 16 Classrooms
23. Girls’ Toilets & Showers
24. Hall
25. Boiler Room
26. New Music Room
27. Gymnasium & Showers
28. Netball / Tennis Court
29. Woodwork Block (7)
30. Groundsmen's Store
31. The "Field"
32. Art Block (8)
33. Art & Craft Block (9)
34. Block 10 Classrooms
35. Admin Block
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Suna in Marsamxett101 viewsJoe Mardel at the helm, 1958.

Suna was a "windfall" yacht. With Star & RNSA 14' as supporting cast.

See Windfall Yacht Suna
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Tony Wise ©94 viewsContinuing the Verdala theme, this was painted by Tony Wise, Verdala staff member 1962-5. TW is mentioned by KEITH ALLEN in THIS EXTRACTadmin
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Garrison club dinghies in Marsamxett. Postcard,90 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.
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Bathing machine89 viewsBalluta Bay c.1960

Photo : Norman Schembri
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 196789 viewsMr Roy Tatton on left, Jill Thackray centre front, poss Eddie Eichmann on right?

Photo : Jill Thackray
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Looking for that elusive present...87 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

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Invites from 196985 viewsCourtesy of Christine Kate Spencer (now Liddy).admin
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More dinghy racing, circa 196583 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 !
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The Tales of Peter Prictoe81 viewsPP was a pupil at Verdala Dockyard School in the 1930s. He wrote some splendid anecdotes which can be read online HERE admin
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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well81 viewsCover to the deep well below the Verdala playground.

Sketch by Ken Woodhams.

Verdala website HERE
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 196778 viewsNote the yacht moored to the buoy on the right - the Lucette. Read her famous story HERE and watch the film (names changed) HERE

Photo : Jill Thackray
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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far76 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
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