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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Anchors at Anchor Bay. Early 1950s.874 viewsPhill Rose
The question is - How did they get there?
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Cleopatra ©874 viewsLeaving for Istanbul 21 July 1952 (stern of Gambia leaving for home)Jeanette
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Tigne Beach Club 1960871 views4 commentsJohn Kirby
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HMS Ark Royal 1960865 views©John GardinerPrefect
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Roman Baths at Ghajn Tuffieha863 viewsClosed, overgrown and no sign of any conservation, so was unable to do a comparison with this.4 commentsPrefect
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HMS Layburn ©860 viewsFrom 1969 - 1973, the last RN ship at Malta. Replaced by RMAS Garganey.
©Chris Howell Collection.
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HMS Hibernia 1902857 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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Villa Portelli, Kalkara. ©856 viewsResidence of the CinC Med from 1961 (after Admiralty House closed) and FO/CBF Malta from 1968 to 1979.
Now the Maritime Institute.
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The Alhambra855 viewsAnyone remember the film?
The Alhambra Cinema was a large and imposing cinema on the seafront at Sliema. The cinema occupied the lower two floors of a large apartment block (surviving), but the foyer and auditorium were gutted and now form the Zara Boutique - a large clothes store.
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The Water Supply, Spinola, WW2.853 viewsPrefect
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1980 in front of the drop below Tigne Fort852 viewsWe used to call this the 'old swimming pool' - it was on the sea front just below a big drop from the area around the old fort if I remember rightly....3 commentsNick Robinson
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Anchor Bay with anchors847 viewsPhill Rose
And we now know how they got there. See It-Tunnara.
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The USN lights up Sliema Creek846 views©Liz MardelOldBat
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Wrens HMS Falcon 1963844 viewsPrefect
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The Tunnara Museum840 viewsCourtesy of The Sunday Circle.Prefect
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Charlie The Policeman No 580 , Balluta Bay 1952. ©839 viewsI was caught in posession of a skipping rope !
Jane Banks
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Dockyard College, Clock & Senglea Gate839 viewsNear Sheer Bastion.2 commentsPrefect
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"Black Monday" 15 October 1979837 viewsTimes of MaltaPrefect
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HMS Hibernia836 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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HMS Lion ©835 viewsEarly 1960s

Partially completed as HMS Defence, Lion was launched on 2 September 1944 but work was suspended in 1946. Defence was renamed Lion in 1957 and construction continued at Wallsend. She was finally commissioned in July 1960.

In September 1964 Lion was present at the Maltese Independence celebrations. Earlier that year she had been rammed under the Forth Road Bridge by HMS Lowestoft. Emergency repairs were carried out in Rosyth Dockyard before she sailed for Malta with only hours to spare. Early in 1965, Lion was present at the Gambia Independence ceremony at Bathurst, now Banjul. She was decommissioned into the reserve at Devonport until 1972, when she was placed on the disposal list.

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A Tigne Cave835 viewsToo wet for me to proceed further.16 commentsPrefect
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The Future Mrs Prefect 1963834 viewsOn the roof of Villa Guardamangia. © 1 commentsPrefect
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HMS Girdle Ness 1961833 viewsGoing home on completion of the Sea Slug trials.
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Sunderland at Kalafrana826 viewsAfter air attack in 1941.Prefect
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Nimrods of 203 Sqn at Luqa 1970s825 viewsColin Pomeroy
No prizes for spotting the school!
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AFD 35823 viewsAdmiralty Floating Dock. Towed from Bombay in two sections, it remained off Magazine Wharf from 1948 - 1965.2 commentsPrefect
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Tigne Barracks - in later years.823 views7 commentsPrefect
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Fort Tigne822 viewsIn splendid isolation.Prefect
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Ta'Xbiex821 viewsThe Malta Story
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Things are looking UP !!821 viewsThe building of the huge 38-storey tower proposed by the Gasan Group is set to have a dramatic impact on views enjoyed by pedestrians strolling along Ghar id-Dud, the Sliema promenade, apart from breaking the skyline when viewed from as far away as Rinella Bay in Kalkara.

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Future Barrakka Lift819 viewsThe lift that connected Lascaris Wharf and Upper Barrakka in Valletta more than four decades ago will be rebuilt and completed before March 2011. (Times of Malta)9 commentsPrefect
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RAF Dingli Homer Station818 views2 commentsPrefect
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