An interlude, almost, in the vast INDEX to this section of my web site.

A quickie follows !

This image, the image of an ICON, has to be the most famous ICON the Royal Navy met [regularly] in its blue-water global visits from pre Trafalgar times to ...............

This ICON has seen, close-up, more British warships than all the warships in the rest of the world put together.

What, or where, is it ?  I have "sprayed out" the distant background to hide its obvious location!


Answer...........come on now....what is it ? Think hard. No! Obviously you were not paying attention during your travels !

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Part of the entrance to Grand Harbour Malta. The breakwater in Grand Harbour was connected to the Barbary Coast side direct via HMS Ricasoli {Ricasoli Point} and on the other side to St Elmo's Point via a foot bridge. The footbridge has long been rotted and abandoned but the centre pylon is still standing as shown in this picture below. That is what the page is all about: the rusty central pylon, still standing erect and proud after all these years and left to starboard on entrance and to port on exit in full and near-to view.

In this famous breakwater we see a gap circumvented by a now defunct footbridge.  In another, but slightly less famous breakwater, namely that of Portland Dorset, with two navigable gaps, there is a third gap, but instead of a footbridge, there is a sunken vessel denying navigation through the gap. What is the name of the sunken vessel ?

Yes, this time you have guessed it.  It is HMS Hood. The Hood before the famous Hood sunk by the Bismarck in May 1941 in the North Atlantic.

Finally, here is the picture of the GH breakwater central pylon of the original footbridge with GH in front of you.  St Elmo's domed building can be seen on a promontory on the right hand edge of land, and the ex RNH Bighi on the left with its massive roof just breaking the sky line. What appears to be a fixed handrail in the near vicinity of the old support pillars is in fact the safety handrail of a passing pleasure tour vessel.

Take care, and remain observant.