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  •  The castle that was a ship... (3+ / 0-)

    Fort St. Angelo, standing beside the harbor of Valletta, Malta, was listed as a commissioned "ship" in the Royal navy from 1912 to 1979.

    In its long history, the fort has served as the residence for the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta.  In 1565 it withstood the Great Siege mounted by the Ottoman navy.  In WWII the fort served as a gun emplacement, receiving many direct hits during German and Italian bombing of Malta.  For their "heroism and devotion", during this later siege,  the  Maltese nation was collectively awarded the George Cross.

    •  Ah, another, 'stone frigate', as they were known.. (1+ / 0-)
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      ...they were quite common at one stage.

      And technically, the full title of Malta is 'Malta, G.C.', which led to the naming of one of my favourite railway locomotives, 'Jubilee' Class, 4-6-0, 'Malta, G.C.'

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:20:20 PM PDT

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