Grand Harbour Entrance from the British Hotel live camWonderful view of the Grand Harbour entrance and Fort Ricasoli

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    But how would you put it, Kernow Lad?

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    For all our English-speakin' friends, 'ere's a translation: "you'd fink we ain't got nuffink be'rr to do wiv our bird" Innit! :-))

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    Derek: Finger trouble on your keyboard, or are you typing dialect? "we had nowt better to dee wi wore time". Is that Yorkshire or Geordie-speak? I tried pronouncing it ... hilarious reaction from my daughter.
    But I agree with what you say, we do seem to have a lot of time on our hands.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Dougie2 .yes it was a little late I watched it approach on the Senglea cam looking toward the harbour mouth then do its pirouette and back in.you'd think that we had nowt better to dee wi wore time.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Dougie2

    P.L. Youve done it again! I'm now a regular visitor to http://www.isstracker.com/ -- more timewasting on my pc. I too have been lucky enough on a clear night to see it passing over Farnborough. Now I'll be able to predict when to go outside to see it -- clear skies permitting.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Dougie2

    Derek I see Armonia is docked, forward of Horizon and not on any of Skyline's webcams. She was approx 15 minutes late. I picked her up on vessel finder around 12:00 BST approaching Pintos 4/5.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Armonia on her way in running late according to the schedule .

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Pamela . it's probably just failed .

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Pamela

    I don't seem to have it Catherine. I'm guessing they've taken it off again?

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Catherine Sunter

    The harbour entrance cam is back. :)

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Simon.the two ships you see are the Sacro Cuor 1 and the Salina bay they are oil product tankers for fueling cargo and cruise ships they do move from time to time.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Simon

    What do those two ships do? They are always moored up..

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Gerald. It's probably broke.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gerald Pile

    anybody got any idea why the harbour mouth camera is out if action

Grand Harbour Entrance from the British Hotel

Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) is one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, a gem for the Mediterranean and a prestigious landmark for the Maltese capital city.

Already in use since Phoenician times when it already offered the ideal and safe conditions for mooring, this harbour has been the base for the Knights of St. John, was greatly improved over the centuries with docks and wharves and finally massively fortified during the period of the British Military, today it appears as one of the most important destinations and luxury marinas for sailing boats, motorboats, superyachts and cruise ships even longer than 300 meters.

Grand Harbour is bounded by Fort St. Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli) and the Sceberras Peninsula, its predominant position in the heart of the Mediterranean made it a strategic military base for a long time but at the same time too exposed; as a consequence Napoleon and his fleet sailed into Valletta’s Grand Harbour at the end of the 18th century, after his brief and unsuccessful occupation that led to a drastic decrease of traffic, Malta became years later a British colony, tangible reminders of the British colonial rule are today many splendid fortifications, bastions and towers all around; British have truly left their mark with a wider entrance, harbour amenities, a greater anchorage, new houses, structure and churches were rebuilt, Valletta started to enjoy a new era of prosperity focusing mainly on the multi-purpose Grand Harbour; unfortunately it was savagely bombed during World War II by Italian forces that caused much destruction. Today Grand Harbour offers safe anchorage in all weathers and high quality services, it encloses the wonderful city of Valletta, officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and visited every day by a multitude of tourists from all over the world.

The southeast side is embellished by a number of inlets and promontories, the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara) and by the fortified Three Cities, that is Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla); on the left side of the Grand Harbour entrance and on the opposite side of Fort St. Elmo is located the above-mentioned Fort Ricasoli, a large fortification in the promontory known as Gallows Point built by the Knights of Malta at the end of the 17th century and named after its main financier, the Italian knight Giovanni Francesco Ricasoli; originally constructed to give protection to the Grand Harbour, it was active during the British rule but suffered greatly during the Second World War, much of the entire structure was damaged, the evidence of its so fascinating remains are still visible all around, however it enjoys wonderful panoramic views over Valletta and its surroundings.

Just for curiosity: Fort Ricasoli and its walls have been chosen and used as a filming location for successful films such as Gladiator, Agora, Helen of Troy and Julius Caesar.

Cam on-line since: 06/01/2013