The Institute for Maritime Technology, in conjunction with the SA Navy’s Environmental Office, invites you to an evening of interesting presentations providing information on naval and coastal activities, as well as two local shipwrecks (Brunswick and Clan Stuart).
Where: IMT, Martello Rd, Simon’s Town When: Thursday 6th March 2014 Time: 18:30 for 19:00 hrs
Seating for 80 people only, so booking is essential!
Due to new security procedures you will be required to sign in at the gate. Please allow some time for this.
To attend, please reserve your seat by contacting Benita Maritz at IMT before 12:00 hrs on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at (021) 786 8100 during office hours.
A Whale of a Heritage Route are once again organising a series of Junior Whale Spotter Workshops between March and August 2014. The workshops are aimed at children aged 7 to 14 and their parents with an interest to learn more about whales and dolphins that frequent our waters. At the end of the workshop, the youngsters will receive a whale spotter card that also has some retail benefits for both the kids and their parents.
There is roughly one workshop per month in the False Bay area and dates & venues of these workshops can be found on the Whale of a Heritage Route website.
Cost: R25 per child & senior and R50 per adult.
Curriculum links: Life Skills, Gr 6 (caring for animals); Natural Sciences & Technology, Gr 5 (reproduction); Gr 6 (Eco-systems & food webs).
I want to share these stunning aerial shots of the diverse marine life in False Bay with our community, as a reminder of this beautiful part of the world we call home. All these pictures were taken earlier this month … Continue reading →
This notice serves to inform Simon’s Town residents that this week, on either Thursday 14th or Friday 15th November, the filming of part of the television series “SAF3”, will continue on Long Beach.
In this story the rescue team has to deal with an “Independence Day” fireworks demonstration that goes wrong. The barge on which the fireworks are based catches alight and the SAF3 team have to rush to their aide.
For this scene we have a barge on which we will stage the “fire”.
This will be surrounded and assisted by a flotilla of commercially qualified technical support team. Continue reading →
The oceans of the world are remarkably under-explored, but this situation is changing as undulating sea gliders are starting to be deployed that can be guided on their journey within the ocean, whilst collecting measurements and transmitting the results back to home base.
Sea gliders were gathering information on underwater conditions whilst Superstorm Sandy struck the coast of New England. Not all of them survived the experience, but the knowledge gained will be used in helping future hurricane predictions.
In 1805, the English East Indiaman, the Brunswick, was captured by the French off Port du Galle, Ceylon and brought across the Indian Ocean as a prize to Simon’s Town, then in Dutch and French hands. On 2 September, the anchor cables parted under a south-east gale and the ship ran aground in 10 metres of water on the west side of Simon’s Bay (near to where the Redhill Road meets the coast). Its cargo of sandalwood was recovered and sold, and the wreck was then left to the mercy of the sea.