Tag Archives: Durban

South African Heavy Artillery Memorial: Warrior’s Gate, Durban

75th (Natal) Siege Battery: Warriors Gate Durban My quest to have a record of all of the South African Heavy Artillery Memorials is one step closer as I can now share images of the SAHA Memorial at Warrior’s Gate in … 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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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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Royal Viking Sun. A personal glimpse

Royal Viking Sun was scheduled to call on 22 November 1996, and we headed down to Durban to see her.  Originally built in 1988 for Royal Viking Line, she was currently carrying the same name, but with Cunard branding. It … Continue reading

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Sagafjord, a personal glimpse

Having seen Vistafjord before, I was not all that keen to see Sagafjord,  I found Vistafjord very disappointing, and didn’t really expect too much from Sagafjord,  Her arrival in Durban was slated for 14 February 1994 and a ship visit … Continue reading

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Rotterdam, a personal glimpse

The week of 26-29 March 1996 was a busy one for our group of ship watchers. We had three ships lined up for that week, starting with Island Princess and ending with Holland America’s Rotterdam. In between these 2 visit … Continue reading

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