Military Nostalgia – Gay Class Gunboats stationed at Malta used for Adverts

The third advert in the series featured Coastal Forces , follows a flotilla of small boats in action, destroying a hulk somewhere off the coast. The narrator describes the action as the MTBs and MGBs separate to carry out attacks on the hulk, which is left sinking whilst the officers break out the tobacco. After […]

Military Nostalgia – Dark Class Gunboats at Malta

A total of 27 Dark Class Fast Attack Craft were ordered for the Royal Navy between December 1951 and January 1952 , but only 18 were completed, the remainder being cancelled in 1955. Fitted with 2 shaft Napier Deltic 16 cylinder diesels, the Dark Class were the first diesel engined fast patrol boats, the earlier […]

Tall Ships – Replica GOTEBORG at Malta – October 2022

The world’s largest ocean-going wooden hull tall ship , built as a replica of an 18th Century vessel , GOTEBORG entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Friday 14th October during a 2 year voyage from Sweden to Shanghai. While she was entering  a gun salute was done from the ship and answered from Valletta’s Saluting Battery. […]

Fishing Vessels – Tunisian ABOU SHAMA and DENPHIR I at Malta – June 2013

With Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season in place it was interesting to see 2 Tunisian purse seiners at Grand Harbour, Malta during June 2013 sheltering from strong winds, both of them during their maiden calls. These were the 1996 built wooden 24 metre wooden hull purse seiner ABOU SHAMA homeported in Monastir with fishing matricola […]

Broken Up – Tall Ship EARL OF PEMBROKE – 2nd December 2022

The 1945 Swedish built wooden 3 masted barque ship EARL OF PEMBROKE was towed/pushed to Kampen, Netherlands to be broken up on Friday 2nd December 2022 at Hoeben RDM Schepen.  She was built in Pukavik, Sweden as ORION and used to haul timber in the Baltic Sea until 1974 when she was laid up in Thisted, Denmark She was moved to […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – F 221 STOR FISK

One of the Sixties built fishing vessels on our fishing register was the 1962 built STOR FISK with fishing matricola as F 221. She was 18.50 m long with 5.70 metres beam with an engine of 238 hp. Her GRT was 52.07 tons , call sigh was 9H 5475 and she was the former British […]

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – MOBY ZAZA accomodation ship for immigrants – 18.05.2020

The 1982 built ropax MOBY ZAZA owned by Moby Lines SpA was awarded the tender of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transports to face the accommodation emergency related to sea rescue with illegal immigration. On Sunday 10th May around 0200 hrs she arrived at Porto Empedocle with checks and controls followed by the Harbour […]

Casualties – Fishing Vessel NUOVA ISIDE – Another corpse found – 16.05.2020.

The second corpse from the 3 crew lost with the tragedy of the wooden fishing vessel NUOVA ISIDE was found this morning, Saturday 16th May. Guardia Costiera confirmed after the 1988 built ITA flag and owned ropax ANTONELLO DA MESSINA that runs from Palermo to Ustica and vice versa sighted a drifting lifeless body around […]

Libyan Shipping – Fishing Vessel EL KHOMES

On Thursday 7th May 2009 the Libyan trawler BENOURI with fishing matricola as TP 648 towed to Valletta, Malta the 28.5 metres fishing trawler EL KHOMES. Upon arrival at Valletta fairway buoy both duty pilot and tugboat WENZINA left harbour. Around 1125 hrs towage passed breakwater arms bound to the inner part of the harbour. […]