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Old 28.04.2014, 15:18
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One curious design aspect and I havn´t yet found out why, apart from the main propeller all Maltese boats have a second, smaller prop offset to the port side?


This is normally either a spare or used whilst fishing at slow speeds.
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Old 28.04.2014, 18:36
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This is normally either a spare or used whilst fishing at slow speeds.
I have thought of that but it just seems so odd to have them there and I have only seen that kind of setup here on Malta.
What makes it odd is that (it would seem) the boat would tend to have uneven thrust and the extra prop would make for high resistence in the water, also why not simply go slow with the main drive? Gonna have to ask one of the neighbours.
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Old 29.04.2014, 16:43
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Here is where you can see a tal-latini, Slammer. BTW Gozo Heritage is run by volunteers, including many English members. They have beautifully restored grain silos within WW2 shelters in the walls of the citadel in Gozo - an interesting and free visit, though a donation is welcome.

The last surviving dgħajsa tal-latini – the tradtional Gozitan boat that used to ply the ferry route from Malta to Gozo in the days before steam – has just been fully refurbished and put on view to the public.

This particular vesssel was seaworthy until the 1970s after which it fell into disrepair. It was eventually bought by an entrepreneur who wanted to sell it to the Gozo Ministry. Wirt Għawdex(Gozo Heritage) intervened and the boat was instead bought by the Gozo Channel Co., which runs today’s Gozo Ferries.

The company provided sponsorship for the restoration and under the watchful eye of Wirt Għawdex the boat was put back in the capable hands of the Caruana brothers, sons of the original builder. Two years on, the boat is ready to be put on permanent display on the (also newly refurbished) Mġarr Harbour waterfront.
It's all your fault Marsalforn because of you I felt that I had to sacrifice my day off to brave the perilous journey across the treacherous Gozo channel, past the siren song of Comino to Mġarr Harbour and have a look at the elusive tal-latini, then on the way back the long wait for the ferry meant that I had to force myself into the only harbour pub that has Weizenbeer for sale and that, of course, meant that I could not simply take shelter from the raging elements but was forced to drink quite a few beers on the balcony watching the sun go down.

Your fault!



The cruel sea, mercilessly lashing the tiny island of Comino.



Unlike most harbours where modern architects have been unleashed, the refurbishment here has made the harbour a nice place to stroll and spend a afternoon at the same time keeping the closeness feelgood atmosphere of a small harbour.





And here it is, the tal-latini



Speaking of boats.

Quick!

What actor springs to mind when you hear:

Pirates, Caribbean, Captain, Hollywood, Black Pearl?

Naaaa!



Wrong, actually Errol Flynn owned this lovely schooner that is now on land as a restaurant.



Also I found the national archives of Malta in Rabat, where I can happily spend an afternoon before getting my Photoshop on..

Timetravel.



The new gate to Valletta, the bugger who designed that should be taken and fed to the fishes, at least it is an improvment to the 1960



A long, long time ago in a simpler age.



And how Slammer thinks it should look.



The causeway to Valletta...



...under constuction...


...and I couldn´t resist.:-)
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Old 29.04.2014, 23:14
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...think this is your tal-latini 'bout nine years ago.
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Re: How do you make a Maltese cross…..?

Slammer, your posts are always so interesting, and there are clearly lots of Maltese fans on this Swiss English speaking united nations site!

Thanks for the photo of the tal-latini, which I had never actually seen. I like where they have put it, but am disappointed it doesnt have sails. After all, its named after its characteristic lateen sail that no other Maltese boats have. its looks bigger than I would have thought.

As for the Valletta Gate, I don't know who decided to accept the project of world-renowned architect Renzo Piano to do a gate, then he supplies no gate. Emperors New Clothes anyone? I think he did a better job with the Shard in London. This gate is an insult to anyone's intelligence, and the pre-1960s gate was beautiful.
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Re: How do you make a Maltese cross…..?

so here goes the Latini boat with sails and in action in an undated photograph..
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Suncream is for pussies, real men don´t allow themselves to be marinated in oil.
Real men will spend a day in the sun and in the evening glow in the dark from 100% fatal sunburn.

Real men like Slammer, at the best of times so painfully white that eating a marshmellow is almost a kind of cannibalism but now I suffer my sunburn with a stiff upper lip.

I went to the grand opening of Scuba institute international owned by a guy I know from work, "SII" he calls it, I would have gone with "Falk´s Scuba center, bar, grill and bait-shack" but there ya go. Check it out on facebook.

I took along my Flippers, mask and snorchle and swam out to the wreck of HMS Maori, a tribal class destroyer that was sunk during the second big bang, after salvage it broke in half and the bow section was towed to where it now rests as a great dive site.
It was the very first time I have seen a wreck on the sea floor, soo eerie it almost makes you want to swim away as fast as you can, but at the same time there is something facinating swimming over a man-made object.
I think I have fallen in love with wreck-diving.
It seems that I have run out of bandwidth for the Photobucket so ya just gonna have to take the photos as they are..."

Diveshack as it was in the fifties
And after I played with it for a while
HMS Maori in better days
And as she is now
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...Generic underwater pics..
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My god, it´s gotten really hot, really fast, it´s my day off today so as soon as this is posted it´s off to the beach. The past few days however have seen a mediterranian storm pass through and things got rough for a while.

The next day the despite the high winds the clouds had gone and I was treated to a otherworldly sunrise, the waves were still very large but totally translucent at the top with the wind blowing spinddrift off the top, all this was all backlit by the rising sun and I wondered if I could get a photo, so I dismounted the pig and inched to the water, and inched a bit more for a better shot, but needed to get a liiiikkkkkle biiiit closer.
Of course the outcome was predictable and I got very wet, but I did get a new insite: It is difficult to swim in full biker rags.
I took the battery out of the phone and squelched my way to work, I shouldn´t feel to much like an idiot though because a few others had had the same idea and all were soaked to the skin.
I got some destilled water from the shop took the Samsung apart and let it bathe for a while, got it dry and now it works just fine again. That phone has seen the bottom of the Bodensee, got drowned in Lago Como and was in my top pocked in a rainstorm, by now it has spent enough time underwater to qualify for a PADI certificate.
A few days ago I took a walk through Valletta and made this photo:

Glancing down at the balustrade, right infront of me was this...:

And whammo! Shivers ran up and down my spine, my hair stood on end and I felt a bit light headed, 32 years ago I had stood on this very same spot taking this very same photo, memories came as the floodgates opened in my mind and I remember etching my name in the soft stone and wondering if I would ever be here again.
Well 21 year old Ray, now you know!
Aaaand here are some random pictures.


Just keep swimming Just keep swimming Just keep swimming swimming swimming.

I´d like to be....

..under the sea In an octopus' garden in the shade
He'd let us in, knows where we've been
In his octopus' garden in the shade.
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Heading your way for two weeks in July with the family for the summer hols. Just wanted to say thanks for the pre guided tour before we arrive.
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Heading your way for two weeks in July with the family for the summer hols. Just wanted to say thanks for the pre guided tour before we arrive.
Be sure to let me know when it´s time for a Cisk or four.
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Just realized that I have not updated the chronicles for a long time, but as you know it's all work, work, work and no play….!

No spare time at all, see how I hard at work I am, so I am afraid this post is gonna be pictures for most part.
I have found that I like freediving, no bottles, because bottles are for pussies and they are an expensive piece of kit, nope! All Slammer needs is a set of long fins, a weighted belt and a lung full of air, so much fun without all the gear, for instance, I like to target the scuba divers and blitz them with the iconic "Jaws" theme tune running on a loop in my head.

The gunbase on HMS Maori on a clear day.


Duhdut! Duhduhduhdut! Duhduhduhdut! Duhduhduhdududuhduhhudhduh….! DADADADAAAHHHHH!

Then there is the Aqua-trekking, miles and miles of simply goofing around watching the fish.

Never seen fish as neon blue as these outside a Disney movie.


I like watching the fish, except for these "fishes" called the "mauve stinger" and Eee by gum don't they, ask me how I know.


"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, swimming."

Wrecks and wrecks and more wrecks.


Swam around to Mistra bay and found this chappy at around 10 meters, pretty big and pretty smashed up, thing is nobody knows what it was and when it sank…! Let's hope the sailors are not still around somewhere.

Another wreck that I like is the X127, a lighter that sunk just off the old submarine base at Manoel island, the Germans mistook it for a submarine and lobbed a torpedo at it, BOOM! Down it went.





A great dive, gonna be there again tomorrow, so watch this space.

A creepy dark tunnel at Manoel Island, I swam inside a bit but I spooked myself by imagining being tapped under rubble or snagged on something or other or unseen spectres grabbing me with their cold dead hands and they are all "BOOO!" and I am all "AARRGH!", Brrr! Outside I needed to shake myself like so much sharkbait.


Debris of war, twisted metal and broken stone.


More remains of war, the anti submarine chain across Marsamxett harbour, simply dumped when it was no longer needed.


Aren’t sailboats awesome?
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Great post and photos as usual Slammer!
My sister and family are staying on Gozo this summer, have you been there yet?
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Great post and photos as usual Slammer!
My sister and family are staying on Gozo this summer, have you been there yet?
Yup! Just last month.
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Re: How do you make a Maltese cross…..?

Slammer,as ever I love your photos,especially the under-over water ones. I am a freediver too, and spend my time trying to take photos lime these. I dont succeed, probably because I have a compact camera. Do you have a Nikonos V or something similar?
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Slammer,as ever I love your photos,especially the under-over water ones. I am a freediver too, and spend my time trying take photos lime these. I dont succeed, probably because I have a compact camera. Do you have a Nikonos V or something similar?
Actually this one that I scrounged of Bexie.
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Went and played with the divers yesterday.
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Divers using bottles, pussies!
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Is it just me or can anybody else hear the theme music for "Jaws"
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