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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Anchor Bay with anchors

Phill Rose
And we now know how they got there. See It-Tunnara.

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robinwilliams   [Aug 07, 2010 at 09:08 AM]
Found this on the internet "Anchor Bay was named after the countless Roman anchors which were found in the bay. Some of these old anchors are today on display at the Maritime Museum at Vittoriosa". Anyone been to the museum?
Prefect   [Aug 07, 2010 at 09:14 AM]
Hmmm. Yes been to the museum but dont recall seeing any anchors a couple of years ago. Problem is these anchors aren't Roman, they are Admiralty pattern. See close up
robinwilliams   [Aug 07, 2010 at 11:32 AM]
Yes Admin I appreciate those shown are not Roman but if they are in the Museum then perhaps their history is too.
phillrose   [Aug 07, 2010 at 12:04 PM]
I am a member of the Naval Dockyards Society, believe we have a contact at the museum, will try and get some info. through that route. Interesting they are AP, did you find the crows foot?
Prefect   [Aug 07, 2010 at 04:35 PM]
No I can't swear they are stamped as such but the design is known as Admiralty. Perhaps some one going on the Verdala trip in September can pop in with a copy of these prints and say "What about these then?" The museum is in the Old Naval Bakery on Dockyard Creek. (Some Roman anchor remains are on the 2nd floor.)
I would imagine the Roman anchors were found recently by scuba divers so doubt they are the cause of the name. Interesting quote from the BSAC site "while Anchor Bay near Marfa has anchors abandoned by the Royal Navy" suggests there may be some of these still there underwater.
Martin Powell   [Aug 07, 2010 at 06:35 PM]
I have just perused several guide books on the matter. The 1950s ones go for the bay being named after submerged Roman anchors, the later ones favour the ones on the beach. Yet others mention "the large anchor in the bay" (submerged?) as does maltalinks dot com. Maybe the RN spiffingly dumped their anchors there to keep up colonial traditions, but seems a mighty strange thing to do especially if they had scrap value. The "Visit Malta" site (Tourist Office official site) goes on about the diving there without mentioning anchors at all, neither do most other dive sites, but Go Dive Malta refers to the big one again. I can feel a visit to the museum coming on, esp as didn't make it last year. BUT you must see this - Paul's Miracle??
Prefect   [Aug 08, 2010 at 01:14 AM]
Interesting site but seems more driven by faith than archaeology. His St.Thomas Bay theory is demolished HERE . There are of course others who say St Paul never went anywhere near Malta. An amusing if irreverant view here
Yet another site says AB was named after the anchor on the barge used in the construction of Popeye Village!! I am fast losing my faith in internet research
Martin Powell   [Aug 09, 2010 at 11:36 AM]
O ye of little faith. Consider the wiki, how it grows. It toils not, yet I say unto you Britannica in all its glory was not arrayed like this. Believe not in Popeye, for he is a false apostle, and his village shall be damned and cast down. And lo, it came to pass.
Prefect   [Aug 09, 2010 at 12:13 PM]
Let there be light. And there was light and you could see for f an awful long way.
robinwilliams   [Aug 09, 2010 at 12:32 PM]
The Anchors were there when the Robin Williams was there thats 7 years before Popeye Robin Williams was born!
Prefect   [Aug 09, 2010 at 12:35 PM]
I was worried about that name! Being an occasional Wiki editor, I don't have total faith in that either.
Martin Powell   [Aug 09, 2010 at 07:13 PM]
Well, not those items.
MilkMonitor   [May 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM]
Information from John Pace indicates that the anchors were part of the equipment used for tuna fishing by the method known as It-Tunnara. Up to 1961 the nets were deployed in Mellieha Bay and elsewhere and, for a period from 1907, Anchor Bay was used for storage out of season.

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