Grand Harbour to Valletta from the ramparts of Fort St Angelo in 1879

Valletta harbour is a deep water harbour ideal for the protection of shipping. The Royal Navy used the harbour as a safe anchorage for her capitol warships. Fort St Angelo was used as a shore side base. Near by are dry dock facilities and stores.

The ramparts with guns protected the inner harbour whilst other forts provided extended protection. Read more about Grand Harbour to Valletta from the ramparts of Fort St Angelo in 1879

Entry and Training (Officers)

Officer training in the Royal Navy 1914

UP till 1902 all naval and marine officers had been entered in the three definite and distinctive branches of the service : Executive, Engineers, Marines. The future Executive Officers, entered as Cadets at from 13 to 15 years of age, were sent direct to the Britannia at Dartmouth, where they underwent their schooling and early training preparatory to being sent to sea. Read more about Entry and Training (Officers)

The Ship's Company

The Ship's Company 1914, Royal Navy

MANY people express surprise that a modern ship of war, with its comparatively small number of guns and the very latest mechanical appliances for the superseding of manual labour, should carry such an enormous number of hands anything from 750 to 1000. Further, that the more perfect they get from the machine point of view the more hands do they carry. This rapidly growing increase in the number of men carried is one of the great problems the Admiralty have to solve, and were in the process of doing so when the war broke out. The difficulty is connected with the engine-room and speed. Read more about The Ship's Company

Port Divisions

THOSE who like to take a look at the official Navy List will see alongside the name of every ship the following letters, italicised, in brackets (Ch), (Po), (Dev). These signify the Port Division to which the ships belong, either Chatham, Portsmouth, or Devonport. For general administrative purposes the Navy is split into three Port Divisions, and every ship, man, or scrap of material belongs to one or the other. Read more about Port Divisions