A general photo of Dockyard Creek
The Order of St. John established its maritime activities in this creek, from maintenance to construction of galleys.
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After Malta had asked the British to help them expel the French from the island, the British period began in 1800, two years after the French occupation.
With the loss of Menorca (Spain), Malta became the largest Royal Navy port in the Mediterranean and a drydock was soon built, the first Royal Dockyard outside of Great Britain. This dock is called Dock No 1.
Very quickly the area was completely used for maritime activities and was extended to the French Creek.
An increase in the fleet also meant that there was a need for more facilities such as warehouses, a rope-making shop, accommodation for officers and men, workshops, shops, a kitchen, a bakery, etc, etc.
During the Second World War a massive attack by 60 dive bombers took place on the shipyard in January 1941 but only one bomb hit the target. However, the bombing by German and Italian bombers did not stop.
In April 1942, the Admiral supervisor reported that, due to the ongoing bombing, the Royal Dockyard could no longer function.
In 1979, the shipyard, the base of the Royal Navy, was closed and the Royal Navy withdrew from Malta. Malta was independent!
Today this creek is mainly used to berth boats and yachts in the marina. At the beginning of the creek there is space especially for super luxurious yachts with a length of maximum 135 metres.
Complete service is available for the berth, from complete bunkering, provision, technical services and the renting of a captain.
At the end of the creek there is dock no 1, the first drydock of Malta.
There is little to be found from the British period.
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Photo below: On the left you see Fort St. Elmo with Victoriosa (Birgu) behind it. On the right you will see Sengela. Dock number 1 is located at the end.
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