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Report - The Royal Navy Hospital Mortuary - Mtarfa, Malta - Sept 15

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by The devil child, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. The devil child

    The devil child 28DL Regular User
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    This ex hospital (now a school) is not far from where i have moved to so i took a walk there today. Its in a very good condition and been well preserved apart from a bit of broken glass it is in good nic and a few things left too.
    Gong to go straight on to the history,

    The period following the First World War, allowed for a re-organization of the military medical services on the Islands. The Mtarfa Hospital, commissioned in 1912, was opened on the 29th June 1920, even though it had been in use for some time earlier. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Military Barracks with an adjoining Military Families’s Hospital were built on Mtarfa Hill. The hospital catering only for the families of the troops housed fifty patients [28]. All the patients in the various military hospitals were transferred there and the military hospitals scattered around Malta were officially closed in the subsequent years. During the Second World War, the Mtarfa Hospital and barracks were reorganized as the 90th General Hospital and built up to accommodate a maximum of 1200 beds. An underground hospital was excavated under the military hospital. At the ends of hostilities, the 90th General Hospital was disbanded and reformed on peacetime footing as the David Bruce Military Hospital. This continued to serve the military troops, complimenting the Bighi Naval Hospital, until 1970. For the next eight years, the Mtarfa Hospital served the needs of the British military and naval personnel until its closure in 1978. The last British hospital outpost was a hospital close to the Hal Far airfield that closed with the departure of the British military and naval garrison from the Islands in 1979.

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    And thats a wrap, cheers for looking :thumb TDC
     

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  2. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    If I knew that you live out there then we would had teamed up!

    Anyways did you stick you head into that hole above the fridge? I never got round to that and wonder if its a way onto the upper floor. Conveniently a ladder is there to be used. Any ideas why the sentry box in the chapel?

    Here's a couple of leads for you: The Selmun Palace Hotel near to Mellieha is standing unused. I looked through the windows and all furnishing in place. Didn't go in due to lack of time and a bit wary about the car that is parked at the old staff entrance which never moved in 3 days.

    Second lead and not far from this morgue: the defensive ditch of Mdina, which has been turned into a nice new lawn and footpath, has lots of small gates on the Rabat side and at the bottom of the ditch. Look through those gates and tunnels disappear under Rabat. All the gates are padlocked apart from one (near to the Greek Gate) - again never went in due to lack of time even though I did check that this gate opens. I have no idea what these tunnels are or how big they are and regretting not finding the time to investigate further. Some sort of catacomb system?

    I assuming you will be doing the railway tunnel soon!
     
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  3. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    These are the gates I referred to in the Mdina ditch...about 100 gates in total but one opens
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  4. The devil child

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    Yea it would have been good to team up and check the places out am lone exploring at the moment, that's awesome as I live in Rabat I'll check the gated tunnels tonight I recon :) and have been to the train tunnel but there is a lot of work going on at the old station and many people about, big thanks for the leads I shall check them all out :thumb
     
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    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    the workers at the station restaurant finish work at about 6pm ... no one around after that, just don't go anywhere near to the other portal as the dogs there are loose

    Heres a pic of the Selmun Palace Hotel.... if driving to Mellieha from San Pawl/Buggiba turn right at the roundabout that has the green lawn and palm trees just before Mellieha and at the top of the hill. I think this could be very worthwhile...a couple of hundred rooms and looking through the windows all furnishing in place. I do think there might be a security presence as the same car was always seen at the staff entrance. It closed in 2011 and was owned and used by Air Malta - guessing it closed because of the big new building at the airport which now serves the airport.
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    and while we at it, the historic Salmun Tower is empty too, used by the knights of the Order of St John as a countryside retreat, can confirm the door is locked but never really had a good look around

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    Finally I will just direct you to the lead I put up recently regarding Cold War Underground Flour Mills in Malta - 7 were built in Malta, 1 built in Gozo, some are said to be now destroyed. The one in Xlendi (Gozo) and the one at Xemjija (near San Pawl) are open to the public one day each year (last year it was 1st May). I know where 2 others are. I think there's more to be discovered and with a lot of research a very unique explore possible.
     
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    Nice bit of Shanks
     
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    Yeah, nice, really nice......great report and pics :thumb
     
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    It is good to see one in a good condition and not smashed by umbex vandals lol :D
     
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    That morgue's pretty epic, some top notch pics too. Why are you so well educated on abandonments in Malta @Bertie Bollockbrains?
     
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    Bertie lived in Malta, it is a lovely place to be also its 50% derps i have lists of stuff to check out, still cant see why France and Germany are euro derp hotspots when this country has more derp than the two put together and thats not even exaggerating :thumb
     
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    That's good to know. What's your story then, do you live over there at the moment?
     
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  13. The devil child

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    I do yes moved here about two weeks ago. Its somewhere i had not heard a lot about derp wise but have friends here so thats the reason i came here and dont regret it one bit :rolleyes:
     
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  14. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    @The_Raw yep I sort of lived out there up to about 12 yeas ago, return every year at least. It was a completely different country in those days - billions of European Union funding (ie British taxpayers money) now flowing into the country these days and the place is unrecognisable nowadays - it's almost turning into a normal country. Agreed, Malta is a hotspot with hundreds of explores possible. Anyways I was there last month, but as that trip was for scuba diving did no prior exploring homework so didn't really do as much as I could. Returning in November just to explore and get some of my numerous leads ticked off. Just discovered that one of those underground mills is literally 20 metres away from my old house - have no idea how I never noticed it, but then I was never an explorer in those days
     
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