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Here’s what traffic at Gozo’s Mgarr Harbour once looked like
The Mgarr harbour from a completly different century!

Emma Galea

Just last weekend many were travelling to and from Gozo for the island’s iconic carnival, causing quite a long queue and a never-ending traffic jam at both the Cirkewwa and Mgarr Harbour.

But traffic at Mgarr Harbour was not always like this.

This photo shared the website ‘Vassallo History’ on Pinterest shows a drastically different traffic from the one we’re used to.

The above shot was likely taken some time in late 1800s or early 1900s.

Instead of cars there are donkeys, horse and carriages.

The ships and boats you see in the background were likely the ones operated by O.F Gollcher & Son with the Gleneagles. As explained by ‘Vassallo History’, the company operated between 1885 till 1914.

At the same time, the Malta Steamship Company also operated a service between the two islands via the Princess Melita ship, which is most likely the one that can be seen in the background of the photo in question.

Traffic at the harbour sure has changed since then!

14th February 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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