Tal-Handaq Nostalgia

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


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Folkboat "Folklore" at MGSC Hay Wharf 197037 viewsWith Martin Donnelly and Joe Vincenti. Another painting by MD's talented mother.admin
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Sailing at MGSC Hay Wharf 197094 viewsPainting by Martin Donnelly's mother.
Dinghies are Pegasi (nominativus pluralis - Ratty non iratus erat).
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The Battle of the River Plate - on Gozo75 viewsScene from the filming, 1955

See also the VIDEO CLIP

The full film is also on youtube
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HMS Forth 1952119 viewsin 1952 the 1st Submarine Squadron comprised H.M.Submarines Sturdy, Sanguine, Sentinel, Tabard, Teredo, Trump, Token and Trenchant. Some shown here alongside and around depot ship H.M.S. Forth in Msida Creek.admin
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Captain of a Diso 2113 viewsCaptain and Mrs Gilchrist being sent off in a dghajsa Sept 1971 at the end of his tour as Captain HMS St Angelo.

Photo : Official Naval Photographer
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Captain of a Diso77 viewsCaptain and Mrs Gilchrist being sent off in a dghajsa Sept 1971 at the end of his tour as Captain HMS St Angelo.

Photo : Doune Gilchrist (now Sinclair)
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Royal Naval Supply & Transport Service87 viewsRNSTS (formerly SNSO) at Pinto Wharf 1971. The original facade was later rebuilt and now forms part of Valletta Waterfront.derrick calver
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SNSO Naval Stores / Dockyard Technical College115 viewsThe metal buildings were used by SNSO after WW2, and later as classrooms by the Dockyard College.

See also this one
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SNSO Naval Stores Office 1942109 viewsSNSO Malta after bombing April 1942

Photo : Imperial War Museum
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HAFMED (MALTA) - HQ Allied Forces Mediterranean (Floriana)73 viewsPlaque / Shield / Crest / Badge - another ebay findadmin
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Fire !74 viewsGuns of St Angelo Sept 1971 (2)derrick calver
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The guns of St Angelo 164 viewsPhoto taken Sept 1971. At that time these were the only static Royal Navy guns on the island.derrick calver
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Christmas card 194465 viewsMalta Command Signalsderrick calver
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Christmas card 1940s 66 viewsThe unsinkable aircraft carrierderrick calver
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Christmas card 194970 viewsRFA Fort Duquesnederrick calver
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Christmas card 1940/50s60 views108th Minesweeping Squadronderrick calver
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Royal Visit 1954160 viewsThis film covered the whole of the Queen's 1954 Commonwealth tour in colour. The Malta section is just over 5 mins and includes some great shots of the Mediterranean Fleet escorting Britannia into Malta. The complete film does not seem to be on Youtube in one hit but the Malta shots are HERE - wind forward to 6:40.

Search Youtube for other parts, try Royal Tour 1954 and also The Flight of the White Heron.

See also this one
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Royal Visit 1954204 viewsPathe News play video clip HERE

For nine more clips of the Royal visit search youtube for British Pathe Queen in Malta 1954.
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Wembley Weather 4276 viewsRAF Luqa 1948

Photo : copyright â’¸ Flt Lt B Sharman (on left) 1929-2004 - see HIS MEMOIRS
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Their Royal Highnesses at the Dockyard Church 200 viewsPost-war venue. This closed when Baileys took over the yard in 1961.

See also DAVID SPEAR

Copyright © David Spear 2022
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Dockyard Church Malta152 viewsThis is the pre-war venue (in a tunnel !)

Sketch by war artist Leslie Cole. Copyright © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 3243
Photo : unattributed
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HMS Ark Royal206 views..... during a Royal Navy open day in Grand Harbour, 1959

Photo : unattributed
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To remind us of warmer days - anyone we know? 1964289 viewsPhoto : Imperial War Museum © IWM TR 23169-2admin
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Red Arrows over Marsamxett 1978284 viewsProbably photoshopped.

Watch the REAL THING 1969 (not colour sadly).

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Whaler in Marsamxett...737 views...like we sailed at St Angelo.

See 1955 RN sail training film made in Malta :-

part one
part two
part three
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Never trust a Pongo197 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

Type Malta into his search box when you've read this one.

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Battle scar254 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.
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Faithful562 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.
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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far249 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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Sliema Creek 1967221 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
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Traditional farewell to C-in-C273 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
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Making Tracks277 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
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