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Malta Boat & Ship Spotting
A number of interesting boats, ships float in Malta's waters. Some of the best places for spotting were the harbours around Valletta, the Sliema Terminal, the Portomaso Marina and the bays in St. Julian's.
Old style sailing ship and a "vintage pigeon"
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Some parts of Malta were like a boat show - particularly the Portomaso Marina in the town of St. Julian's.
But, besides the modern motor boats that are magnets for chicks, there is a special kind of boat everyone must see - traditionally Maltese - the luzzu.
These are small wooden boats (usually used for fishing).
The word "luzzu" is said to come from the Sicilian "guzzu" or Italian "guzzo" - boats used in Italy.
These boats are painted in visit colours with the "belly" usually medium blue. So, the colour blue dominates, but yellow, green and red lines are commonly painted on the above section.
In fact, the luzzu boat is said to date back to Phoenician times.
The bow (frontal part) of the boats generally have two painted eyes on them.
If you want to see luzzus, visit the town of Marsaxlokk is southeastern Malta. That's where these painted boats abound. In other towns you can barely see a few...
It's a cruise boat of course
Passes so well to Valletta's skyline
Traditional luzzu boat
Big enough for a toilet
Blue passenger boat ferries people between Sliema and Valletta...
Orange motor yacht in St. Julian's
Silver motor yacht by Sunseeker
Trawler fishing vessel with a washing bowl-like shape. How bizarre, how bizarre...
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