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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

Troopship Empire Halladale

Built 1921 in Hamburg as the ANTONIO DELFINO for the Hamburg South America Line, 13,589 gross tons, twin screw, speed 13 knots with accommodation for 184-1st, 334-2nd and 1,368-3rd class passengers. May 1945 taken over by British forces at Copenhagen and refitted as a troopship. Nov.1945 allocated to the Ministry of War Transport, managed by Anchor Line and renamed EMPIRE HALLADALE. Oct.1955 laid up and 1956 sold for scrapping at Dalmuir.

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jane banks   [Aug 01, 2010 at 08:08 AM]
Good to see a full picture of this ship. I travelled out to Malta from the UK on her ,arriving on 29th July 1955.I have 2 photos taken aboard on page 2 of Then and Now. Does anyone else have memories of this ship , she sure was busy ?
David Woolfenden   [Aug 01, 2010 at 06:31 AM]
Although I don't remember now, my mother and I travelled on this ship when we left Malta for the UK on 28th May 1952. This was our first tour of Malta and I was just three year's old. Living with a Maltese family in Vittoriosa I could only speak broken english on my return to the UK and this perturbed my poor old Grandma for some time ! We had a second tour of Malta in 1957-60 when our family had swollen to four children. We lived in Vittoriosa again and three of us attended Verdala school.
bass player   [Apr 25, 2011 at 03:08 PM]
Went to Malta on this in 1948. My Mum was ALWAYS lost on board but somehow I was always able to find my way around. "Take me to the cabin Robert' she would say. Robert. That's me. You didn't think I was christened Spike did you? Get a grip.

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