Anchor Marker

Anchor Marker. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

This week everyone in Malta seems unreasonably obsessed with cold weather. Apparently a cold front from the eastern continent will be reaching us in the next few days, dropping temperatures by a few degrees. Now I’m not one to call an expected high of 9°C ‘cold’, not when I lived through a few winters in Michigan. (Oddly I keep missing the quiet of snow, but that’s matter for another longer post.) Still, one has to admit that indoor temperatures on the island are generally not comfortable, not when we basically live in man-made caves. The A/C helps, thankfully, and hot water is free most of the year with solar heating.

So between that and with work starting again after the holidays, I thought I’d share something from the warm light of late summer. I took this during a walk in Il-Majjistral last year. I have no idea what this marker represents, I couldn’t see any others, though doubtless there must be. One would generally expect these to be distance markers of some sort, but the presence of the anchor symbol is rather odd. It’s clearly a concrete structure, I would expect from the late British colonial period. The area was used by the army for training, there’s an abandoned firing range nearby and barracks structures, complete with chapel.

I tried to look for information about these markers online, but if there is any, I couldn’t find it. If any of my readers can shed some light on this, please leave a comment.



    • Oh it’s a drop all right! All cliffs in that area, beyond the sandy bays. Though not as high as Dingli 😊

  1. Interesting – could it be marking the end-point of some kind of undersea services (pipeline, cable, etc?) – Perhaps it’s a marker for ships NOT to drop anchor there….or is it too small for it to be seen from the sea?

    You might want to post the photo on “The British in Malta History Group” on Facebook ( I’m sure one of the history buffs there will have an answer for you 😉

    • Hi James, thanks for stopping by and for the suggestions. The marker is far too small to be seen from the sea – it’s about the size of a small distance marker used to mark the miles on public roads. Thanks for the pointer to the history group; unfortunately it’s a closed group so one has to join before posting anything.

    • Thanks for pointing this out James! Now this is intriguing… I’ll have to look it up 😃

  2. […] also solved a long-standing question of mine: the similar markers with an anchor sign, such as the one I had photographed at Il-Majjistral, are also boundary stones, except these belonged to the Admiralty. Incidentally I also found out […]

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