Fleet Photos

Chrono Date
1932 Jan 01 Hawker Osprey, Fleet Fighter Hawker Osprey, Fleet Fighter

General characteristics (based on Specifications Hart (Kestrel IB powered day bomber)

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 29 ft 4 in (8.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in (11.36 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 5 in (3.18 m)
  • Wing area: 349.5 ft² (32.5 m²)
  • Airfoil: RAF 28
  • Empty weight: 2,530 lb (1,150 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 4,596 lb (2,089 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB water-cooled V12 engine, 510 hp (380 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 161 kn (185 mph, 298 km/h) at 13,000 ft
  • Stall speed: 39 kn (45 mph, 72 km/h)
  • Range: 374 nmi (430 mi, 692 km)
  • Service ceiling: 22,800 ft (6,950 m)
  • Wing loading: 13.2 lb/ft² (64.3 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass ratio: 0.11 hp/lb (0.182 kW/kg)
  • Climb to 10,000 ft 8 minutes, 30 seconds

Armament

  • Guns: 1 × synchronised forward firing .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine gun, 1 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis Gun on Scarff ring in rear cockpit.
  • Bombs: Up to 500 lb (227 kg) bombs under wings.
1934 Jan 01 Devastation Royal Navy aircraft based at HMS Falcon in Hal Far suffer severe damage when a freak storm hits Malta in 1934

Devastation Royal Navy aircraft based at HMS Falcon in Hal Far suffer severe damage when a freak storm hits Malta in 1934.

1937 Jan 01 sheerlegs were originally wooden and were replaced by bigger, iron sheer legs in 1864. They were dismantled in 1927. Sheer legs, Malta dockyard.

Sheerlegs were originally wooden and were replaced by bigger, iron sheer legs in 1864. They were dismantled in 1927. Malta dockyard.

1939 Jan 01 to 1945 Jan 01 Boom defence vessel HMS Moor. Malta HMS Moor. World War Two Boom Defence, Malta
1939 Jan 01 HM warships at Gibraltar. HMS Nelson, HMS Rodney, HMS Hood, and HMS Courageous or HMS Furious HM warships at Gibraltar. HMS Nelson, HMS Rodney, HMS Hood, and HMS Courageous or HMS Furious

HM warships at Gibraltar. HMS Nelson, HMS Rodney, HMS Hood, and HMS Courageous or HMS Furious are among the vessels in harbour. The date of this Royal Navy poto is unknown. It is assumed pre-second world war.
Clearly the capitol ships of te Royal Navy fleet of te Mediterranean is in harbour or anchored outside the break water.

The admiral class battleships, HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney can be seen.

1940 Jan 01 Publicity Poster, 1940, featuring HMS Formidable. Publicity Poster, 1940, featuring HMS Formidable.

Harland & Wolff, Publicity Poster, 1940, featuring HMS Formidable.

1941 Jan 01 HMS Terror, Malta, 1940. HMS Terror, Malta, 1940
1941 May 27 Death of the German pocket battleship Bismarck, settles by her stern Death of the German pocket battleship Bismarck, settles by her stern
1941 May 27 German pocket battleship Bismarck burning with more shell splashes German pocket battleship Bismarck burning with more shell splashes

Bismarck burning with more shell splashes from either Rodney or King George V surrounding her.

1942 Jan 01 Navy wedding at Gibraltar 1942

A wedding in naval uniform 1942 at Gibraltar.

1942 Apr 15 George Cross Malta Letter - George Cross, Malta
1942 Jul 01 Bravery at Sea. PQ17- An Arctic Convoy Disaster Bravery at Sea. PQ17- An Arctic Convoy Disaster

In July 1942, the Arctic Convoy PQ 17 lost 24 of its 35 merchant ships during a series of heavy enemy daylight attacks which lasted a week.

1943 Oct 21 Royal Navy Contraband Control Office in Gibraltar during WW2. Royal Navy Contraband Control Office in Gibraltar during WW2
1945 Jan 01 Loading torpedo at Torpedo loading depot Msida Creek, Malta. (Date unknown) Loading a torpedo at the Torpedo Loading Depot Msida Creek, Malta. (Date unknown)

Loading a torpedo at the Torpedo Loading Depot Msida Creek, Malta. (Date unknown)

1945 Jan 01 Coastal Command MTB bases in Ta' Xbiex, Malta. Coastal Command MTB bases in Ta' Xbiex, Malta.

Coastal Command MTB bases in Ta' Xbiex, Malta.

1948 Jan 01 HMS Bulwark & HMS Centaur under construction, with HMS Eagle fitting out behind HMS Bulwark & HMS Centaur under construction, with HMS Eagle fitting out behind

HMS Bulwark & HMS Centaur under construction, with HMS Eagle fitting out behind. Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1948.

1950 Jan 01 Pieta Creek, patrol boats berth off Ta' Xbiex,1950, Malta. Pieta Creek, patrol boats berth off Ta' Xbiex,1950, Malta.

Pieta Creek, patrol boats berth off Ta' Xbiex,1950s, St Luke's Hospital in the background.These were under the command of HMS Gregale,Villa Sultana now named as Villa Trafalgar near the Italian Embassy (Residence).

1950 Jan 01 Destroyers, between Sliema and Manoel Island, Malta Destroyers, between Sliema and Manoel Island, Malta
1950 Jan 01 Motor Torpedo-Boats (MTBs) at Manoel island, Malta Motor Torpedo-Boats (MTBs) at Manoel island, Malta

Motor Torpedo-Boats (MTBs) at Manoel island. Notice the ancient cannon stuck Motor Torpedo-Boats (MTBs) at Manoel island. Notice the ancient cannon stuck nose-first into the rock acting as bollard (lower right).nose-first into the rock acting as bollard (lower right).

1953 Jun 02 Coronation day 2nd June 1953 with the Royal Marines Band taking part in the parade Coronation day 2nd June 1953 with the Royal Marines Band taking part in the parade

Coronation day 2nd June 1953 with the Royal Marines Band taking part in the parade

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