BIRGU : MALTA

*Location:

   Malta Maritime Museum
   Xatt Il-Forn
   Birgu, Malta
   LL: N 35.88796, E 14.52063
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*Contact:

   Malta Maritime Museum
   Ex-Naval Bakery
   Waterfront
   Birgu BRG 1721
   T: 21 660 052
   - or -
   Heritage Malta Head Office
   Ex-Royal Naval Hospital
   Marina Street
   Kalkara KKR 1524

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Four bells ex St.Jude, Blackburn, UK,
   plus two ex-Trinity House buoy bells,
   all by Gillett & Johnston; also a
   clock-chime of 3 bells ex-Prittlewell,
   Essex, UK; all through Keltek Trust
   in 2016.  2 basses cast by Taylor for
   this installation; 4 new trebles may
   be planned.
   Unclear which tower holds these bells.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic chime of  8 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 2016
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2020
*Links:

The museum Website opens with a virtual tour; explore it until you find a dozen ship's bells of various sizes sitting under a stairway.

Heritage Malta (to which the museum belongs) has a section about the museum, which includes a photo of the clock tower.

The English Wikipedia article about the museum has two photos of the building, in which the clock bells can be seen.  But no bells are mentioned.

A newspaper article from 2006 may have supplied some of the text of the Wikipedia article, but it provides much more detail about the various displays and holdings of the museum.

Keltek Trust article about their participation in this project

These bells not having a principal founder, they are not indexed by maker.

Ranking among all European chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all European chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Malta.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 23-Nov-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/11/22
   and on technical data last updated on 2020/11/11
*Photos:

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