Pics 1-4 are by Perkin Warkbeck
Wreck on the Rocks
The nearest thing to St. Patricia’s Day (say hi ! to Me Too) on Malta is The Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck. It falls on Feb 10 (last Saturday week) and right on cue, the shores of Malta were lashed by a storm of studied ferocity throughout the Friday night.
Thus, on the morning of the National Holiday the Maltese woke up to find a wreck on the rocks of, of all places, St. Paul’s Bay.
Two weeks later the Wreck of the Hephaestus (close, but no Rathgar) is still on the rocks and has proved quite the tourist attraction as scores turn out to take a recky. If you want to sink a ship …..(see under Walton).
Although the name of the shipwreck is Greek to one (and others) the flag is that of Togoland in West Africa, whose capital is Lome. (St. Paul was on his way to Rome -not Lome- aka Togaland when he experienced his legendary Immersion).
Rough rumours are rife that the 7-man crew ignored the skipper and scuppered the vessel. On the somewhat unreasonable grounds that they hadn’t been paid for a measly 6 months. To the chant (allegedly) of the following traditional sea shanty: ‘Oh, the de-anchored owner of this crude oil tanker is an investment banker-o / Oh, the de-anchored owner of this crude oil tanker is an investment banker-o……’. Tiocfaidh ár Maritime Law.
The Wild Atlantic Way no longer holds sway – The Wild Mediterranean Way is here to spray !
PS Má tá íomhá oiriúnach á lorg ag an duine fiosrach den chat mara atá déanta ag an Rialtas i DUPLIN cois Life lofa den Leprechaun Lingo ní gá dó/di amharc níos faide ná an longbhriseadh dar Lome dó.
Perkin Warbeck / An Pearcánach.