SA Agulhas sets sail on final voyage

2012-04-12 16:19

Cape Town - South Africa's polar research and supply vessel, the SA Agulhas was to sail from the Cape Town harbour on Thursday on its final voyage.

It would take 21 members of the over-wintering team to Marion Island on the south Indian Ocean.

People flocked to the east pier of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to bid the boat farewell.

In typical local style, adults and children enjoyed the sunny day while eating boerewors rolls and chatting about their fond memories of the ship.

The wintering team boarded at 13:00, but was likely to leave only after 14:30, depending on immigrations and customs.

The SA Agulhas will be replaced by the modern SA Agulhas II, which arrives from Finland in early May.

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

  • wesleywt - 2012-04-12 16:33

    A friend is on that. Scientist is the greatest job in the world.

  • grant.hide - 2012-04-12 18:47

    I worked on the sister ship, Outiniqua, name changed to The PaardeBurg. Awesome boat.

  • Clay - 2012-04-13 11:38

    Hi, my step farther Brain Witvliet went to go fetch the S.A. Agulhas in Japan in 1977 with the Captain. He also worked on the R.S.A which was used before the S.A. Agulhas. He sadly past away of an heart attack on the ship in 1986 two day after arriving back from a long voyage. Still got very good memories of the ship from when I was very young sleeping over on the ship. Went on a day test trip sailing around Cape Town and flying in the Puma choppers.

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