Where in the South West will you find an 18 strong close-knit crew who have mostly sailed together the equivalent of twice to the moon and back and upon whom over 2,000 islanders have come to rely?
Somewhere off the North African port of Béjaïa, deep on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, lie the remains of the greatest ship ever built for the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand. Her wreck has been there since Armistice Day 1942, 75 years this November. Unfortunately for TSS…Read More
When one thinks of Railway steamers of the past, the mind is invariably drawn to smart cross-channel or short-sea packets. A glaring exception to this picture was the good ship Dalia, owned by the South African Railway Shipping Services (SAR ships).
With the introduction of iron-clad ships the Admiralty were left with a few wooden-hulled men-of-war, which were surplus to requirements. At the same time philanthropic organisations, up and down the country, were dealing with the large numbers of young children who were abandoned by their parents and living on the…Read More