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Old 10-11-2008, 17:42
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yes they fixed an iron frame from the inside , yes its a long drop . a couple of people have jumped from there along time ago, i won t do that for sure . by
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Old 11-11-2008, 19:42
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Joseph mate you are spot on about the Darts at the Black Cat bar, as i recall they were champions of malta 1974, i played many a game of darts there ,
In fact i had a thing going with the owners daughter.
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Hi Son.....no don't panic...just that I was out there in 1955/56...and played darts at and for the black cat bar....never won any prizes or matches for that matter, but we had great fun. One of my messdeck buddies had a thing going with the daughters mother...daughter wasn't around then to my knowledge...Last time I was out there (holidaywise) I coudn't find the place..it seemed that everywhere was being 'developed'....upspirits
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Old 12-11-2008, 14:45
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The Black Cat bar is now a garage i was last there 2 years ago and went over to Senglia to have a look see but could'nt find it, I asked around a bit and one of the locals pointed it out nothing there now but yachts and pleasure craft.
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Old 12-11-2008, 19:51
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Thanks rumrat/dave...I have often wondered what happened to the Black Cat...we (Urania) had some good times there...the ones I can remember anyway...I suppose all good things have to come to an end...upspirits
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I came across this post card showing HMS Inflexible at Malta. The information on the back of the card, briefly, says, Launched 1876, displacement 11,800 tons, guns 4x 16" rifled muzzle-loaders. 6 x 20 pounders. speed 12 knts. Her muzzle-loaders were the biggest ever in a RN ship, rate of fire , once in two minutes. Her sailing rig was fitted so that her sailors could join in evolutions with the rest of the fleet. The masts and sails were removed in 1885. A strange looking ship!
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Old 17-11-2008, 17:13
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Isola Point 1880's.

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Old 17-11-2008, 17:17
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i never knew anything about the wreck, had now idea about this waterlighter maybe some of you know ,thanks , Joseph
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Old 05-12-2008, 15:41
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Bob i did find another picture of the barrakka lift, somebody send it to me locally; hope you like it. HMS Forth in grand harbour, bye Joseph
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Old 05-12-2008, 15:56
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Joseph

An oppo of mine just returned from Malta said he heard a rumour ( locally?) that the Barraka lift was going to be replaced. As "our man on the spot " is that liable to happen ?

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Many thanks for that Joseph.
I have at present a contact in Malta who is trying to find out as much as he can about the Barracca so when he updates me I will post the findings on this thread.
Yes Gerry I too heard that the lift was going to be replaced, how true that rumour is remains to be seen.

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Old 05-12-2008, 18:56
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Joseph,Do you have any photographs of the former submarine base at lazaretto?I believe it is still intact but is the interior accessible?
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Old 06-12-2008, 14:08
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linton to be honest i never went there, i think lately it was used by a shipping company for stores etc, soon i try to go there and have some photos and post them in the forum ok bye , Joseph
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here is a recent photo of lazzaretto creek hope you like it .Joseph
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Old 06-12-2008, 23:12
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Superb thread and lots of memories .

Did a Med 9 months general service commission on the Delight 1959-60

Did a docking in Grand Harbour -- Barbary Coast ?
Did a maintenance period alongside Ausonia and Narvik
Manoel Island and the small ships canteen --had some good PU's in that place
with the crews trying to outdo each other with old songs etc.
Sleima Creek was our normal billet

Anyone got a map of the layout of Grand Harbour Lazaretto? Sliema etc
so I can get it all into perspective

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Old 07-12-2008, 09:39
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Fred this is what i found for the moment, a 1948 pic . bye Joseph
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:35
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Fred, this is an experiment, I hope it turns out alright.
My! My! haven't things changed?

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Fred

This may stir up the old grey matter !!!

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Old 07-12-2008, 22:41
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I see I see said the blind man heheh! Thanks Lads .

Happy days really --home from home.

Snag is all we ever did was get a dhaigsa[excuse Diso spelling !!] or a garry or maybe a bus to the drinking /watering holes to - from and at Valetta .

Was on Hermes 62-63 and we always parked in Grand Harbour or Dockyard
Creek alongside .[think it was Dockyard creek -that side of the harbour anyway.]

Docked down in 1959 on Delight to repair the rudders and the collision damage after the cruiser Birmingham tried to sink us doing a mail transfer .
She had a steering failure. We went to Istanbul with no seaboat,one motorboat and the starboard STAAG deck sponson shored up .
Was docked for a couple of weeks so got to know a few different bars !!


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Old 08-12-2008, 17:58
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Some good piccies there.
Stood by Troubridge in refit 63 and 64 18 months in total sharing our time in St Angelo and Hal Far.
Used Baraka lift when I had to, chose the long way up in to Valetta if I was on my own. Remember the fare was something odd like a penny halfpenny.
We watched one day when the lift with about three Yanky matlotes came to an abrupt halt three quarters of the way up. One stupid Yank pinched the gate key of the lift driver and climbed out and up to the gardens!!
I remember Bobby and his days in the Galvanised donkey what a star he'd have won the X factor hands down!!
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Old 08-12-2008, 18:32
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looking back i remember that time well. i was a painter apprentice and used to do all the damage control markings of the troubridge, i was 20 years old then. how time goes by . Joseph
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Old 08-12-2008, 19:09
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looking back i remember that time well. i was a painter apprentice and used to do all the damage control markings of the troubridge, i was 20 years old then. how time goes by . Joseph
Small world Joe I was 20 in 1964. I enjoyed my time on Troubridge especially the 'banter' we had with the Maltese dockies the welders in particular whilst we were 'fire watching'
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Polycell you re the same age as me, i was born in february 1944, what a coincidence, i think you enjoyed some good local wine when you was here in Malta. im posting 3 photos thanks Joseph
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I think the cheap local wine was Marsovin ??

The beers I think were '' Hopleaf'' and ''Blue label'' It was all bottled
in those days -or cans .


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Old 10-12-2008, 08:59
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Fred yes there was cheap wine like marsovin but what i meant was the home made one, it was very strong, apart from hopleaf and blue label there was the cisk lager, the 3 most popular local beers at that time ,now there s a lot of imported beers. bye Joseph
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Joseph.

I believe the local brew was called Ambeet, also Amtoot, it was usually sold in draught form.
A Gin bottle full cost 6p old money, a run ashore for 2 could be as cheap as 1 shilling and sixpence, the dearest item being a bottle of Pepsi cola, which appeared to be the best mixer.

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