National Geographic : 1935 Nov
©Publishers Photo Service CANNONS OF THE SALUTING BATTERY POINT TOWARD GRAND HARBOR, BASE OF BRITAIN'S MEDITERRANEAN FLEET So vital is the port that careful defenses have been reared against attack by sea or air. Some of Valletta's fortifications arehewn inrock along the shore. An old bell, rung when the Turks besieged the town centuries ago, still hangs in one of the fortresses. Long a naval base, Malta promises tobecome anincreasingly important hub for air traffic.