Yachting – 118years old yacht KALIZMA seen again at Malta – 18.06.2024

A 1906 built classic yacht that once was owned by the Hollywood actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, KALIZMA was seen at Malta passing the breakwaters  at Valletta at 1529 hrs on Tuesday 18th June, 2024 with her last port of call was Bijela, Montenegro. She was built by Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, Scotland as a […]

Military Nostalgia – HMS Forth A 187 at Malta

One of the most notable naval vessels when Malta served as a British Naval Base was no doubt the Submarine Depot Ship HMS FORTH with pennant number as A 187. At Grand Harbour back to February, 1948. Laid down on 30th June 1937, launched on 11th August 1938 and Commissioned on 14th May, 1939, she […]

Tugboat – 1958 built tug BEAUFORT SPIRIT

One of the British built tugs trading in the United Kingdom (UK) Area seen in Malta was the 1958 built tug BEAUFORT SPIRIT. She was built by Henry Lobb at Leith, Scotland as yard number 467 launched on 3rd April 1958 and completed during May the same year of which she was delivered to Leith […]

Offshore News – 7 Solstad Vessels Sold For Scrapping – 05.10.2021

Solstad Offshore has sold seven older vessels for green recycling in Norway (Green Yard Feda and Green Yard Kleven) as part of the company’s rescue plan, which involves a divestment of 37 ships. The seven vessels are – FAR SOVEREIGN built by Langsten Slip & Batbyggeri, Norway as yard number 122 in 1999. Homeport is […]

Breaking Up – 1960 built cargo ship NAZ-K – 08.03.2001

One of the 1960 built ships that used to call at Grand Harbour, Malta to discharge cement in bulk was the Turkish owned general cargo ship NAZ-K. She was built in 1960 by William Denny and Brothers Limited at Dumbarton in Scotland with yard no 1495 as PHYLLIS BOWATER for Bowater Steamship Co Ltd, London, […]

Cement Carriers – GOLDEN BAY

An interesting cement carrier that calls at Grand Harbour, Malta is the 1979 built vessel GOLDEN BAY. She was built in Scotland by Robb Caledon Dundee at Dundee as yard no 572 bearing the name of GOLDEN BAY homeported in Auckland and flagged in New Zealand (NZL) with call sign as ZMGB. Early in her […]

Preserved Ships – CUTTY SARK (1869) – UK

One of the only three remaining original composite construction (wooden hull on an iron frame) clipper ships from the nineteenth century in part or whole is the clipper ship CUTTY SARK. Listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet (the nautical equivalent of a Grade 1 Listed Building). She was built on the River Leven, Dumbarton, Scotland in 1869 […]

Local Shipping – ZAMTUGS.

In the middle 1980’s the Zammit Group of Companies, who pioneered inland ferry services before the establishment of Gozo Channel Co Ltd, ventured into towage though for a short period, purchasing and operating 5 tugs which their names started with ZAMTUG followed by a roman number. ZAMTUG Built in 1957 at NV Scheepswerf v/h Jonker […]

Yachting – 1906 built KALIZMA

KALIZMA is a 50.29 metre classic private yacht built in 1906 by Ramage & Ferguson at Leith, Scotland as MINONA. She was later renamed CORTYNIA and ODYSSEIA. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy during both World Wars and underwent several major refits and remodelling during her lifetime. In 1967 she was bought by the […]