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Title: Valletta shipping (8) : the post-war years
Authors: Wickman, Viktor
Keywords: Malta -- History -- British occupation, 1800-1964
Merchant mariners -- Malta
Merchant ships -- Malta
Shipping -- Malta
Issue Date: 1984
Publisher: Gulf Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Wickman, V. (1984). Valletta shipping (8) : the post-war years. Civilization, 18, 497-499.
Abstract: The great struggle in Europe dragged on until the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany in the spring of 1945. Far away in the Pacific theatre of operations, the last days of Imperial Japan were not so prolonged. Japan's War came to an end very suddenly after the destruction of the important industrial cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima by American atom bombs. During the last War, many merchant ships sailing under the ensigns of the allied maritime powers were requisitioned for war service. Malta's small fleet played its part as well. Malta's contribution ranged from the small Gozo trading boats, the picturesque lateen rigged craft to deep sea vessels. Three Gozo boats saw service in waters of the eastern Mediterranean. They rendered very useful service there, like their predecessors of Crimean War days. Only the "Sacra Famiglia" (0.32), then one of the largest Gozo boats, managed to see her home port of Mgarr after hostilities. This boat is still in good condition. Before it is too late, it will be indeed fitting that this fine boat will be preserved as a memorial to the people who built her and owned her as well as a tribute to the seamen who through the years manned the "dghajjes tal-latini".
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