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Did you know? A ferry once operated between Gozo and Valletta between 1958 and 1968
It used to carry up to 70 passengers and 10 cars!

Emma Galea

During the past few years, the Gozo fast ferry has been crossing between Mgarr in Gozo to the Grand Harbour in Valletta but did you know it was not the first ferry to do so?

On the 1st June, 1958 a ship by the name of the Imperial Eagle carried passengers between Gozo and Malta for the first time.

Bought and operated by E Zammit & Co Malta, the ship operated for almost 10 years, before ceasing operations in March 1968.

It could carry up to 70 passengers and 10 cars with each voyage.

The Imperial Eagle was first built in Sunderland, England in 1938 and operated with two oil engines.

When crossing between the two islands, it soon gained a reputation of giving its travellers an arduous journey.

After many years it was eventually left to rot in the Mgarr Harbour in Gozo before it was cleared.

5th April 2024


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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