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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Building St Elmo Bridge 1906594 viewsPrefect
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RFA Reliant 1938428 viewsBought 1933 and converted to Naval & Victualling Store Issuing ship. Med Fleet and victualling supply depot in Marsamuscetto, Malta until 1939. Then Mombasa and East Indies until 1946. Sold to Maltese owners 1948. Scrapped 1962.Prefect
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HMS Cossack 1939500 viewsFamed for the Altmark Incident.2 commentsPrefect
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Ferry before the Buses578 viewsPrefect
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Dock Gard Creck661 viewsPostcard. Dromedary Class tug probably Restive.3 commentsPrefect
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Ghar id-Dud before the Chalet783 viewsPostcard2 commentsPrefect
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Mgarr 1929623 viewsExtension of Breakwater.
R.Ellis.
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HMS Achilles 1936507 viewsPrior to transfer to New Zealand.
As INS Delhi she played herself in the film The Battle of the River Plate in 1956.
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Fleur de Lis Gate530 viewsPostcard. Demolished by an RAF crane truck in 1943.Prefect
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Diving at Sliema574 viewsNear the Tower, probably 1930s.1 commentsPrefect
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Lascaris Power Station540 viewsBuilt 1895. Superceded by "Marsa A" in the 1950sPrefect
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Boy Scout Headquarters604 viewsBuilt 1932 with memorial archway to Congreve. Bombed 1942 and rebuilt 1948.6 commentsPrefect
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Auberge de Castille562 viewsWith Naval Signal Station from which from 1935, air raid practices were signalled.3 commentsPrefect
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Pasteurized Milk635 viewswas introduced in 1938, some thirty years after the link between undulant fever and goats' milk was discovered.3 commentsPrefect
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Marfa Palace Hotel695 viewsBuilt on Wied Musa Battery of 1716. Once the Governor's summer residence and later popular with honeymooners.
Now derelict.
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Kingsgate541 viewsDecorated for the Coronation of KGVI 1937.Prefect
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Kingsgate Bridge543 viewsBeing widened 1931.Prefect
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St Luke's 1939544 viewsNearing completion. Prefect
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St Luke's Hospital585 viewsDigging the foundations 1930. Completed 1940.Prefect
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Duke of York Avenue582 viewsCompleted 1930 after 4 years at a cost of £35,000.Prefect
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The Marina 1930616 viewsThe branch of the RN Canteen is demolished to incorporate an archway through to the Barracca Lift.Prefect
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HMS Sultan Aground 1889546 viewsOn 6 March 1889 she grounded on an uncharted rock in the Comino Channel, ripping her bottom open. She slowly flooded and in a gale on 14 March 1889 she slipped off the rock and sank. She was raised in August and brought into Malta. After temporary repairs she was brought home to Portsmouth, undergoing modernisation and repair until 1896. She served in the reserve until 1906, became a training ship until sold 1947.
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Indian Army Camps 1878552 viewsTop - Cavalry near Attard.
Bottom - Infantry on a mountainous Manoel Island.
In 1878, the Indian government dispatched 7000 native Indian troops to the island of Malta. This was the first time the Indian Army was deployed outside the British Indian Empire, and questions regarding its constitutionality were raised in the British parliament. The move was seen as a signal, during the height of the Great Eastern Crisis, that Britain was ready to supplement its own forces with troops from India to counter any Russian threats to Turkey, or future wars in Europe
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A Night at the Opera 1898455 viewsMephistopheles collects his due. A custom at the Opera House on "benefit nights".Prefect
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Anglo-Maltese Relations 1878597 viewsPrefect
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Shell Depot at Birzebbugia609 viewsOpened 1920.Prefect
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Port des Bombes634 viewsBefore the guardrooms were removed in 1928.Prefect
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Battleships616 viewsNelson & Malaya. Two County cruisers and RFA Boxol heading up the creek.Prefect
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Pembroke Camp573 viewsAnd Military Cemetery?Prefect
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Fort St Elmo581 viewsWith lighthouse and intact bridge.Prefect
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HMS Egmont710 views1912 - 1933Prefect
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Cholera Outbreak 1865652 viewsThe King's Own move under canvas to help prevent the spread.
King's Own in Malta
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