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You see it on vessels, a registry without a commercial port maybe.

But what does it look like?  I’ve often wondered that about Majuro or Vanuatu.

As it turns out, Valletta, Malta is the registry choice for cargo vessels and

yachts above and below  and many others

and turns out to be the largest ship registry in the EU and the sixth largest globally.

Thanks to David Schwartz, here it is.  Not surprisingly, it

has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.  This harbor has been used by “Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John;”  Besides that there were Ottomans and St. Paul himself.  I need to put it on my list of places to go.

Can you name any Maltese cities besides Valletta?

Many thanks to David Schwartz for sending the photos of Valetta Harbor in Malta.  The five photos above that taken in the sixth boro and Virginia by Will Van Dorp.

By the way, the largest city is Birkirkara.  Valletta is the capital city, with a quarter the population of Birkirkara.

For previous “port of” posts, click here.    And if you have photos of ports obscure, far-flung, and/or unrecognized, I’d love to see them.


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