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Harbour view

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.

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.

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