Tag: Port Elizabeth

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 of the tugs I grew to know during my time visiting Durban harbour. I do not have pics of each vessel but will do my best. Some of these tugs are no longer around, so these pics are really in memory of them.

The first group is the 1974 built Twin Voith Schneider tugs of which there were 4.

Name Built Bollard pull Length Breadth Draft
W. Marshall Clarke (Uhuva) 1974 43 ton 35,95 11.0 5.04
Jan Haywood (Indwa) 1974 43 ton 35,95 11.0 5.04
R.H. Tarpey (Uzavolo) 1974 43 ton 34.3 8.85  3.94
J.H. Botha (Ibhaku) 1974 43 ton 35.95 11.03 5.04

 

J H Botha

R H Tarpey

R H Tarpey

Jan Haywood

Jan Haywood

I do not seem to have an image of the Marshall Clarke, although there was a commerically available slide featuring her.

W Marshall Clarke

W Marshall Clarke

These tugs were based in Cape Town when I was ship hunting which is why I have so few images of them. Uhuva (now known as RB1) and Uzavolo (now known as RB3) are still active in Richards Bay (2016) while the Haywood and Botha were broken up around 2012.  

There were three other tugs built in 1976/7 that I have never seen or photographed so cannot display any images of them. All three are twin unit Voith Schneider. 

Name Built Bollard pull Length Breadth Draft
Jutten 1976 43 ton 37,3 11.0 5,29
Marcus 1976 43 ton 37,3 11,0  5,29
Meeuw 1977 43 ton 37,3 11,0 52,9

Two other 1970 builds I photographed in Port Elizabeth. These are Twin X Peller pusher tugs. There were actually three similar vessels, the third being the PJ Conradie, she was transferred to Walvis Bay in February 2001 and now is a part of Namport.  I do not have a photograph of her. The three sisters were built by Niigate Shipbuilding & Repair – Niigata, Japan.  

Name Built Bollard pull Length Breadth Draft
 PJC Du Plessis (Brenton) 1977 31 ton 35,02 9.02 4,13 
 Kobus Loubscher (Imonti) 1977 31 ton 35,02 9.02   4,13
 PJ Conradie (Mbabala) (1977?) (31 ton?) (35,02??) (9.02?) (4,13?)

PJC Du_Plessis

PJC Du_Plessis

Brenton (image  courtesy of Dayle Coombe of SA-Transport)

Brenton (image courtesy of Dayle Coombe of SA-Transport)

Kobus Loubscher

Kobus Loubscher

Imonti (image by Dayle Coombe of SA-Transport)

Imonti (image courtesy of Dayle Coombe of SA-Transport)

The last two of this group are my personal favourites and I saw them in Durban, they now live in East London and are still in service at the time of writing. The Coenie was the first tug that I ever sailed on. Both are Twin Z Peller tractor tugs

Name Built Bollard pull Length Breadth Draft
Coenie De Villiers (Umthwalume) 1978 43 ton 35,62 11.0 5,56 
Dirk Coetsee (Mpunzi) 1978 43 ton 35,62 11.0 5,56

Coenie De Villiers and Dirk Coetsee

Coenie De Villiers and Dirk Coetsee

Coenie De Villiers

Coenie De Villiers

Either the Coenie of the Dirk. Probably the latter.

Either the Coenie of the Dirk. Probably the latter.

This way to Tugs of my past (2) 1980’s builds

The technical data for these posts comes from a 2001 document on craft dispositions. Measurements are in metres.  Brenton and Imonti images courtesy of Dayle Coombe,  Info on Tarpey and sisters by Ken Malcolm. Info on PJ Conradie by George Meyer and Anton Scheepers.

© DRW 2016-2018. Created 25/09/2016

Updated: 11/01/2018 — 07:42

James Craig VC.

The grave of Colour Sergeant James Craig VC. may be found in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Valley Road, South End, Port Elizabeth. Google Earth co-ordinates for the grave are: 33° 57.936’S; 25° 37.561’E. Special thanks to Ronnie Lovemore for his perseverance in finding this grave and cleaning it up. These photographs were taken on 04/11/2011 and used with permission.

James Craig (10/09/1824 – 18/03/1861) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Crimean War

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22065, Page: 3920, reads:

“Military Train, 3rd – Battalion (late Serjeant, Scots Fusilier Guards)

Ensign and Adjutant James Craig, Date of Act of Bravery, 6th September, 1855.

For having volunteered, and personally collected other volunteers, to go out under a heavy fire of grape and small arms, on the night of the 6th September, 1855, when in the right advanced sap, in front of the Redan, to look for Captain Buckley, Scots Fusilier Guards, who was supposed to be wounded.
Serjeant Craig brought in, with the assistance of a Drummer, the body of that Officer, whom he found dead,—in the performance of which act he was wounded.”

The grave of James Craig VC.

The grave of James Craig VC.

Inscription

Inscription

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 04/11/2011, added to blog 10/01/2015. Edited 17/05/2017. Images by Ronnie Lovemore.

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 08:00

James Langley Dalton VC.

James Langley Dalton (1833 – 07/01/1887) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Rorke’s Drift on the night of the 22nd January 1879

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 24784, Page: 6494, reads: 

“Commissariat and Transport Department, Acting Assistant (now SubAssistant) Commissary James Langley Dalton.

For his conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Rorke’s Drift post by the Zulus on the night of the 22nd January 1879, when he actively superintended the work of the defence, and was amongst the foremost of those who received the first attack at the corner of the hospital, where the deadliness of his fire did great execution, and the mad rush of the Zulus met with its first check, and where, by his cool courage, he saved the life of a man of the Army Hospital Corps, by shooting the Zulu who having seized the muzzle of the man’s rifle, was in the act of assegaing (thrusting an assegai into) him. This officer, to whose energy much of the defence of the place was due, was severely wounded during the contest, but still continued to give the same example of cool courage.”

He is buried in Russel Road Cemetery, Port Elizabeth. Google Earth co-ordinates for the cemetery are:  33° 57.615’S ,  25° 36.901’E. 

Russel Road Cemetery

Russel Road Cemetery

The Citation for his VC reads:

The grave of James Langley Dalton VC.

The grave of James Langley Dalton VC.

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 18 June 2011. Added to blog 03/01/2015. Photographs by Ronnie Lovemore, June 2011. Edited 16/05/2017

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 08:02

The Late Great Apple Express

These images of the late great Apple Express were taken by Ronnie Lovemore in July 2011 at the Humewood Diesel Depot in Port Elizabeth. Sadly this once busy narrow gauge line has become a memory and soon there may be nothing left to see as more of it gets vandalised or scrapped. The stations of Loerie, Thornhill and Avontuur are not much better. Special thanks to Mark Ruddy for his assistance in getting these images.

The Apple Express

The Apple Express

Station

Station

Tickets please

Tickets please

NGG11-54

NGG11-54

Coaches

Coaches

Guards van

Guards van

91-001 Apple Express Port Elizabeth

91-001
Apple Express
Port Elizabeth

91-002 Apple Express Port Elizabeth

91-002
Apple Express
Port Elizabeth

91-007 Apple Express Port Elizabeth

91-007
Apple Express
Port Elizabeth

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

The scrap line

NG15-119

NG15-119

NG15-119

NG15-119

NG15-119

NG15-119

Boiler

Boiler

NGG131

NGG131

NGG131

NGG131

NG15-148

NG15-148

Derelict NG15

Derelict NG15

Coaches

Coaches

Waiting

Waiting

Rolling stock

Rolling stock

End of the line

End of the line

 

Update: 2018

On 26 December 2017 the Apple Express ran again, and hopefully will continue to do so. It was really the dedication and enthusiasm of those who loved steam to see this moment happen.

The Apple Express website is at https://www.appleexpresstrain.co.za

© DRW 2011-2018. Moved to blog 18/08/2014. Images © Ronnie Lovemore 2011

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:30

The Prince of Wales Obelisk: Port Elizabeth

This Obelisk has had somewhat of a chequered history and seems to have lost its reason for existing. Currently sited at Bayworld in PE (2011), it has a plaque on it that reads: “Purchased by John Paterson at The London Exhibition of 1862. Intended for the grave of George Kemp. It was instead erected on the Port Elizabeth Market Square where it stood until 1921. The remaining upper section erected on this site 1975” .

These photographs were kindly taken by Ronnie Lovemore in June 2011, and are used with his permission.

Information Plaque

Information Plaque

George Kemp was the business partner of John Paterson; Kemps father would not agree to the use of the obelisk and donated it to Port Elizabeth.  It was then decided to erect it to commemorate the Prince of Wale’s marriage to Princess Alexandra and it was finally erected on 22 May 1863 in front of the City Hall on Market Square.

As erected,  the obelisk stood on a square plinth with three steps leading up to it, later, in 1878, 4 troughs were added and filled with water during a “tap ceremony” when water was first piped to Port Elizabeth.  In 1921, the obelisk was removed and the base, slightly lengthened, was used as a base for the howitzer that made up part of the South African Heavy Artillery Monument.  Two of the water troughs were removed, one finally ending up outside Walmer Town Hall.  In 1933, the SAHA memorial was moved to its present spot in St George’s Park, the base being dispensed of entirely.

Drinking trough from the Obelisk base (1878), now at Walmer Town Hall.

Drinking trough from the Obelisk base (1878), now at Walmer Town Hall.

The obelisk, once removed from its base, was no longer needed and was put in storage until 1975 when it was re-erected at Bayworld. It is known as the Prince Of Wales Obelisk and may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates   33° 58.667’S,  25° 38.959’E.  A detailed history of this memorial may be found at  The Prince Of Wales Obelisk page on Wikipedia (Page is in Afrikaans).

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 16/08/2011, Photographs © Ronnie Lovemore. Additional information by Carl Hoehler. Moved to blog 06/02/2014

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:57

The Uitenhage War Memorial.

These photographs of the Uitenhage War Memorial are courtesy of Ronnie Lovemore.

Interesting enough it has plaques from both World Wars, as well as the Korean War and the Border War, There is also a plaque commemorating the sacrifice of “The Faithful men of the Native and Coloured Races…”. Images of the other plaques are available on request.

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This memorial can be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates   33° 46.155’S, 25° 23.988’E.

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 11/06/2011. Photo’s © Ronnie Lovemore. Moved to blog 05/02/2014.

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:39

Walmer War Memorial in Walmer, Port Elizabeth

These photographs were kindly taken by Ronnie Lovemore in June 2011, and are used with his permission.

This memorial to the men and women of  Walmer who died during the two World Wars may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates    33° 58.684’S, 25° 35.135’E.

The drinking trough at the Walmer Town Hall originally came from the plinth that stood in Market Square, Port Elizabeth and on which the Prince Of Wales Obelisk was erected. The trough was removed when the Obelisk was replaced by the Howitzer that formed part of the South African Heavy Artillery Memorial.

It was unveiled on 24 March 1925 and is situated in front of the Town Hall.

Remembrance Day 2001

Remembrance Day 2001

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 29/07/2011, added new pics 30/11/2011. Photographs © of Ronnie Lovemore.  Moved to blog 05/02/2014.

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:40

The Uitenhage Anglo Boer War Memorial

These photographs of the Uitenhage Boer War Memorial are courtesy of Ronnie Lovemore.

In early April 2015, the statute was vandalised by a group of uneducated thugs from the “EFF” who tried to set fire to it. The statue was reportedly not badly damaged but the plinth was blackened. It is doubtful that anybody will be brought to book for the vandalism. On the 6th of April the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth was badly vandalised by another group with the same affiliations. The statue of the soldier was knocked off the statue completely.

This memorial has been moved from its original position at   33°46.152’S,   25° 24.015’E  and now can be found can be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates   33°46.180’S  25°24.024’E.


© DRW 2011-2018. Created 11/06/2011. Photo’s © Ronnie Lovemore. Moved to blog 04/02/2014, updated 06/04/2015

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:41

Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial and Drill Hall: Port Elizabeth

The Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial was manufactured by Saracen foundry of Walter MacFarlane of Glasgow in Scotland, It was designed and erected by Boyd and Son of Paisley, Scotland, It commemorates the men from the Regiment that lost their lives in the Transkei War (1877), Basuto War (1880-1881), Bechuana War (1897) and the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902), as well as World War 1 and 2.

Prince Alfred’s Guard was established on 19 September 1856 as the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Rifle Corps. In 1860 the title Prince Alfred’s Guard was assumed unofficially and on 11 July 1874 this name was officially sanctioned as Prince Alfred’s Volunteer Guard. The name was later changed to Prince Alfred’s Guard. The Prince Alfred’s Guards Memorial may be found in St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (Google Earth Co-ordinates 33° 57.827’S 25° 36.373’E ). Images of the Roll of Honour plaques are available on request.

The Prince Alfred's Guard Drill Hall

The Prince Alfred’s Guard Drill Hall

The Drill Hall is the headquarters of the Prince Alfred’s Guard, Port Elizabeth’s volunteer regiment which was formed in 1865. It was opened in 1882 and a first floor was added in 1893. The adjoining land was once a parade ground. In addition to its military functions the hall has been the scene of balls and theatrical productions. It has also been used as a roller skating rink and a hospital. These photographs are courtesy of Ronnie Lovemore.

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 08/06/2011. Photo’s © Ronnie Lovemore. Moved to blog 02/02/2014

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:42

Port Elizabeth Cenotaph

These photographs of the Port Elizabeth Cenotaph were kindly taken by Ronnie Lovemore in June 2011, and are used with his permission.

It was sculptured by James Gardener in 1929 to commemorate the men who died in the First World War, and later those who lost their lives in World War Two were also added.

The Cenotaph may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates 33° 57.911’S,   25° 36.687’E. Names are available on request

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 07/06/2011, Photographs © Ronnie Lovemore. Moved to blog 02/02/2104

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 12:42
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