OK, so this Wordless Wednesday does have a few words!

Some more of Sunday’s pictures taken on board the SAS PROTEA, the South African Navy’s hydrographic survey vessel,  She is painted white to denote that it she unarmed. 

The ‘SAS’ stands for ‘South African Ship’.  Pre 1950s, ‘HM’ used to be tagged onto the front of that, denoting ‘His Majesty’s’.

She was built by Yarrow & Co Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, launched on the Clyde on 14th July 1971. and taken into service on 23 May 1972.  She has a helideck and a hangar for a light helicopter.

Although survey is her main function, she has also participated in sea rescue operations.

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. gipsika says:

    I think there was a law (could be it’s still in place) that if you tow a ship in distress, it becomes yours and all that it carries is your booty? Is that what the towing hook is for on this one? 😉


  2. adinparadise says:

    What a beautiful ship. Col. You got some great snaps. 🙂


  3. calmgrove says:

    I used to live in Bristol whence arose the saying Shipshape and Bristol fashion, and in the words of the typical Bristolian, exulting in past maritime glory, “Where’s dese pictures to?” Translation: “In which port did you snap these photographs?”


    • colonialist says:

      I recently looked up the origins of that term. Both most convincing contenders come from the violent tides in Bristol requiring sturdy hulls and cargoes well secured. However, some contend that it related to ships built in Bristol, while others to visiting ships which would have to be prepared for the conditions.

      The SAS Protea is on a visit to my home village of Durban.


      • calmgrove says:

        Some village, that Durban!

        Bristol’s port was on the tidal River Avon, debouching a few miles later into the Severn estuary reportedly with the second largest tidal range in the world, over 14 metres. This meant that old wooden vessels were at risk of breaking their backs if they got their timing wrong or got stuck in the notorious Avon mud. As vessels got bigger Bristol lost out to Liverpool which could accommodate them with little or no risk.

        I don’t suppose that’s a problem in Durban!


  4. 68ghia says:

    Must have been a good outing that Col.
    Been so long since I’ve been in a position to see those ships, other than on pictures of course 🙂


  5. Sonel says:

    She is beautiful Col and you took stunning shots! 😀


  6. nrhatch says:

    Lovely day for touring a floating boat.


  7. melouisef says:

    Love your photo’s


  8. The Asian says:

    I’m sure you’ll be forgiven for adding the interesting facts to the post


  9. Lovely pictures in glorious sunshine, Col. It looks like a great ship.


  10. Well she hails from Scotland so what’s not to like 🙂


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