Category Archives: shipbio

Durban Shipwatch: Anastasis

My handy ship visit book records that we visited on board this classic beauty on 18 May 1996. Rudi and I went down specifically to see her, and I was carrying a large video camera but no stills camera. Rudi … Continue reading

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S.A.S. Somerset

This post has been written many years after the fact and to be honest prior to today I have never really had much to add to a SAS Somerset post. However, I have recently found the handout I received when … Continue reading

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Virgel

Our visit to Virgel is also undated, so I can only hazard a guess. Suffice to say that by the time we undertook this visit her sisters were no longer, and she was the only one of the three left … Continue reading

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The Ross and the Woltemade

When it comes to talking about salvage tugs two names really stand out: the John Ross and the Wolraad Woltemade.  The John Ross was built in Durban in at the James Brown & Hamer yard in 1976 and was named … Continue reading

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Tugs of my past (2) 1980’s builds

Continuing where we left off from page 1 This page deals with the 1980’s built tugs, and once again I may not have images of all of the vessels as I was in Durban more than elsewhere.  The first group … Continue reading

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Tugs of my past (1) 1970’s builds

I have always liked tugboats, and South Africa had some amazing steam powered vessels that are still admired by tug buffs long after they have passed on. In this series I am going to finally make a bit more sense … Continue reading

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HTV Horner on the beach

These images of the HTV Horner on the beach in Mozambique in 2010 were taken by  Isaac Bohlken.and are used with permission © DRW 2016-2018 Created 20/07/2016. Images of HTV in Mozambique courtesy of  Isaac Bohlken

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Royal Star. A personal glimpse

One of those odd bits of luck that struck me during a visit to Durban, was spotting the Royal Star up at the ship repair area of the harbour. The date I do not recall, but it did lead to … Continue reading

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QE2. A personal glimpse

One of the many ships that interested me is the QE2, I was in primary school when she entered service and literally grew up and saw her as she matured into the legend she is now. My first physical encounter with her … Continue reading

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Marco Polo. A personal glimpse

One of the many ships I was fortunate enough to visit was MV Marco Polo. when she called at Durban. She was originally one of five identical sisters of the Ivan Franko class and built by VEB Mathias-Thesen Werft, East … Continue reading

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