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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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HMS Duke of York 1946531 viewsMartin Powell
KGV Class Battleship.
Responsible for the sinking of Scharnhorst 1943.
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The US Version of "Single Handed"647 viewsBased on C S Forester's "Brown on Resolution".

A few shots of Dingli or Gozo cliffs posing as the Galapagos.

Both the 1935 ("Forever England") and the 1953 ("Sailor of the King") versions can be found in full on Youtube.
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HMS Manxman in disguise878 viewsAbdiel Class Minelayer. Photographed off Gozo (Dwejra Bay) in 1952 disguised as a German cruiser for the film Single Handed. Along with her sister Welshman, she played an important part in sustaining Malta during the Siege and was later there for most of the 1950s, taking part in the Suez operation.
Manxman History
Welshman Episode
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Hal Far548 viewsPrefect
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Luqa 1950538 viewsPrefect
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Hal Far541 viewsPrefect
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Grand Harbour 1946-48 538 views©Anita Sackett
RFA Fort and 3 Funnel Cruiser, possibly Sussex.
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Pieta Creek 1946-48531 views©Anita Sackett
An RFA Fort to the right. A MFA? centre.
The Old School in Villa Sunshine at Ta'Xbiex to the left.
RASC Launches foreground.
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Luqa 1946 - 48651 viewsMosquitos, Spitfire, Martinets.
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Supermarine Walrus512 viewsAt Hal Far 1946 - 8
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Hal Far Airfield 1946 - 8546 views©Anita SackettPrefect
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French Visitors584 views©Lesley Cole
Chateaurenalt & Guichen. Built as very fast Italian Light Cruisers but reclassified by the French as Destroyers.
Probably 1954
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HMS Eagle565 views©Lesley Cole
Blue Ranger alongside
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Can I come too?563 views©Lesley ColePrefect
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HMS Blake 1961-1963966 views©Lesley ColePrefect
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Sliema Creek917 viewsCorunna, Barrosa & Aisne ?
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Battle Class Destroyers584 viewsSliema Creek mid 1950s
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HMS Birmingham 1954578 views©Lesley ColePrefect
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Matelots at the Ferry 1950s757 views©Lesley Cole3 commentsPrefect
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H M T BRIGAND ©524 viewsHMT BRIGAND LATE 50s

See also THIS PHOTO and link below it.
Alexander Birt
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HMS Bermuda 1954566 viewsMartin PowellPrefect
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HMS Jamaica 1955510 viewsMartin PowellPrefect
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HMS Rorqual575 viewsMartin PowellPrefect
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Eagle & Victorious 1958636 viewsMartin PowellPrefect
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HMS Truelove565 viewsAlgerine Class Minesweeper around 1950.Prefect
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Not HMS Pinafore492 viewsThe Governor 1950.Prefect
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HMS Opossum, about 1947575 viewsSloop of the Modified Black Swan Class. Prefect
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USS John F Kennedy 2004588 viewsMartin PowellPrefect
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HMS Essington 1955534 viewsMartin PowellPrefect
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Vickers Valiant over Valletta646 views(Miss Yule would have called that Alliteration!)2 commentsPrefect
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Light Jackstay Transfer745 viewsBetween Stubbington and Shavington
Weekend trip to Sicily. June 1960.
Alan Walker
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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HMS White Bear 1946741 viewsSurvey Ship. Steam Yacht Iolanda sold to the Admiralty in 1940 for $5.
Sold on 1948 and scrapped 1958.
Toni Chetcuti
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