The HMS Glorious Years
1935 - 1937
Ports Of Call
This page is where I need
some help in identifying the locations of the photographs. If
you know a location please contact me
with the reference number and
it's location and let
. Thank you to Alan Green and John Gatt for
identifying A19 and A43.
Grand Harbour at Valletta, Malta, the Mediterranean home of
the Royal Navy in the nineteenth century and first half of the
twentieth. In the foreground centre is the Customs House, a
building dating from the late period of the Knights of St John and
still used for that purpose. On the top right is the Upper
Barracca Gardens with saluting battery (the latter now used to fire a
cannon every day at noon, apparently much appreciated by
tourists watching the 'ceremony' from the Upper
Barracca). At topmost centre of photo can be seen the lift
which used to operate from the Customs House level to the Upper
Barracca; it is a turret-like structure).
Unfortunately, the lift was dismantled some decades ago, but
plans are now in hand for a modern one to be installed again!
An aerial view of the village of Mosta with the Parish Church of
St.Mary in the centre with its large dome.
Church is also known as the Rotunda because of its circular
form; it has a dome (reputed to be the third largest in the
world, though this could now be fourth largest) and therefore has no
pillars and other supporting structure in the middle to obstruct the
view of the main altar and all of the interior. On 9th April
1942 enemy bombers (Germans, not Italians) dropped bombs on
the Rotunda, one of which penetrated the dome without
exploding. A service with about 300 people was on at the time
the bomb penetrated the dome but all those attending were
miraculously delivered from harm.