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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Man with pipe

Miner's lamp an improvement on candles. No canary though.

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Nick Robinson   [Jul 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM]
Martin - I vividly recall the smell of those tunnels; a mixture of damp dirt and air with the heavy scent of burning candles - back in the mid sixties when I was there. Thanks for these..
Prefect   [Sep 09, 2011 at 11:09 AM]
From a book of 1879. " Tigne Fort is very strongly fortified, and is extensively mined. The mines are cut out of the solid rock, and have two outlets : one by the side of the stair-case which leads up to the fort, and the other, at some distance from it, near the beach on the north. On the top of the fort are four entrances leading down to the mines underneath, which separate in four directions according to the points of the compass. These passages are again separated into smaller divisions, containing apartments for the deposit of the powder destined to blow up the fort in case of its seizure by an enemy."
Martin Powell   [Oct 08, 2011 at 11:08 AM]
And we all thought they were Second World War vintage, when they were used as shelters, the bed frames are still evident here and there fixed into the wall - at least that's (again) what we assumed.

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