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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Ta'Xbiex 1960s753 viewsFrom a 1965 Calendar.5 commentsMartin Powell
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Hell Boats 1970753 viewsThe Movie

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Imperial Eagle 1970s752 viewsHer glory days past, having been displaced from the Marfa - Mgarr route by a Ro-Ro, she took over the freight route from Valletta from the Queen of Peace before eventually being laid up.16 commentsPrefect
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Cottonera Hospital (Zabbar Gate)751 viewsDuring the First World War, like the Crimean War period, Malta served as a "Nurse of the Mediterranean". From the Gallipoli campaigns 2500 officers and 55400 troops were treated in the Maltese hospitals, while from the 1917 Salonika campaigns 2600 officers and 64500 troops were treated. The Valletta Station Hospital served as a sorting base for the wounded arriving in the hospital ships prior to their being transferred to the other 30 hospitals and camps scattered over the Islands. The Valletta Hospital itself was reserved for dangerously ill cases that could not be safely moved. The principal hospitals and camps used were the commissioned Naval and Military hospitals: Bighi Naval Hospital, Valletta Hospital, Cottonera Hospital, Forrest Hospital, Mtarfa Hospital (commissioned in 1912) and Chambray Convalescent Depot. Prefect
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RNH BIGHI750 viewsD Ward Xmas 1917
Richard Ellis was one of the pioneers of photography in Malta and Ellis studios in Strada Reale, Valletta were popularly considered the epitome in professional and artistic excellence in the art of photography
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Wied Għomor (Spinola)750 viewsPrefect
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Salvatore Gate748 viewsFacing Kalkara in the Cottonera Lines.
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Dockyard Creek. Late 1800s747 viewsMartin Powell
Can anyone see the Verdala Palm Tree?
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HMS Olympus746 viewsA sonar scan showing the position of the submarine HMS Olympus on the seabed seven miles off the coast of Malta. Story here.Prefect
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Valletta 1988745 views© Malcolm ShyklesPrefect
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Light Jackstay Transfer745 viewsBetween Stubbington and Shavington
Weekend trip to Sicily. June 1960.
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The Light Jackstay using fibre ropes and lots of manpower was tested for loads of 500 Lbs.
The Heavy Jackstay with steel wire ropes and auto-tension winches could manage loads up to 2 Tons.
Not a lot of people know that - or probably want to!
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Hotel Riviera/Martinique, Ghajn Tuffieha.745 viewsWas it ever that swish?2 commentsPrefect
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HMS Euroclydon aka Verdala743 viewsComplete with Palm Tree
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The Queen's old home in 2005742 viewsI DO hope the Queen didn't ask to visit her old home when she made her anniversary visit - she'd be devastated to see the state it's in. The roof of the flat where I lived in 1957 overlooked the lovely garden we've seen on TV recently. I went back to that area in 2005 after the Verdala reunion and was much saddened to see the Villa Guardamangia is now semi-derelict (note the shutters upstairs). This is happening to many beautiful old and historic buildings.

Hugh Satow is standing on the steps.
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Zabbar Military Hospital - (Not)742 views It is clearly a different building from This One.
Its the Naval Canteen at Corradino. I shall never trust postcard captions again!
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Postcard - Sepia shot late 1930s742 viewsCan anyone name the Criusers & date it accurately?
Batttleships Warspite & Malaya. Date 1938-9.
Netlayer Guardian and Carrier is Courageous or Glorious
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HMS Flockton 1957742 viewsPrefect
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St Paul's 1850s741 viewsJames Robertson/Felice Beato.
Built on the site of the Auberge d’Allemagne, the cathedral was designed by William Scamp and was built between 1839 and 1844. Queen Adelaide laid the foundation stone on 20 March 1839 and her banner hangs above the choir stalls.
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HMS Cyclops 1935740 viewsEllis.
In Msida Creek where she resided from 1926-1938, with Regent, Regulus, Rover, Otway or Oxley, Shark & Sealion.
St Luke's is half built.
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The Ark739 viewsProcedure Alfa1 commentsPrefect
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HMS White Bear 1946739 viewsSurvey Ship. Steam Yacht Iolanda sold to the Admiralty in 1940 for $5.
Sold on 1948 and scrapped 1958.
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Britannia May 1954 ©739 viewsPhoto: James Donald Bamber.1 commentsPrefect
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RAF Siggiewi738 viewsComms relay stationPrefect
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Farsons New Brewery737 viewsAt Mriehel, opened 1950.1 commentsPrefect
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HMS Vulcan 1937737 viewsOriginally a trawler named Mascot and later Aston Villa before being purchased by the Royal Navy in 1936, and converted into a depot ship for coastal forces.
Gzira Church has yet to get its 2nd dome.
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A plan of Grand Harbour.735 viewsShowing the Cottonera Lines. Circled is the St Clement's Bastion and Parade Ground which may be of interest to our Verdala viewers.3 commentsPrefect
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Manoel Island Cinema?732 viewsThe security man wouldnt let me go any closer.
Was this where the strains of "Good Old Fred" would be heard every time Mr Quimby's name rolled by in the credits?
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Outside 'A' or 'C' Block 1980 732 viewsThis picture was taken outside our old flat in the barracks at Tigne. I cannot remember if it was 'A' or 'C' block - it was right next to the slipway to the boathouse! My brother will correct me. Tigne remained much as it was in the sixties in 1980 - prior to any development. The Army buildings were occupied by Chinese Dock workers when this photo was taken, I recall the Maltese put them there as cheap accommodation..2 commentsNick Robinson
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HMS Comet 1954731 viewsCo Class fitted as minelayer.Prefect
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Manoel Island729 viewsFootball pitches but not a warship in sight.Prefect
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Tigne Caves Expedition 2010729 viewsOutside the caves / tunnels looking to Manoel Is, hardly changed.1 commentsMartin Powell
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HMS Lion off Fort Manoel729 viewsProbably 1962.3 commentsPrefect
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