Friday photo: Quiet beach

Fish Hoek beach can be the most peaceful place in the world to watch the sun go down. We do this quite often. Here is an empty, kelp-strewn stretch of beach, with a negligible swell...

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 12:19 am

Newsletter: Humpback winds

Hi divers Planned dives Saturday: No dives planned Sunday: Boat dives from OPBC or Hout Bay if conditions permit Midweek launch: From OPBC to see the Volvo Ocean Race yachts arriving in Table Bay Dive conditions The...

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 1:52 pm

Article: Aeon on Antarctica

The Barrier Ice is a term derived from James Ross’s 19th-century expedition to the eponymous Ross Sea, and originally it referred to the (also eponymous) ice shelf — that vast floating delta of glacial ice,...

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 12:16 am

Bookshelf: Empire Antarctica

Empire Antarctica – Gavin Francis The Antarctic is the only continent that has no indigenous human inhabitants. The only people who occupy this ice-covered continent are scientists, kept company by penguins, seals, and other birds...

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 12:04 am

Fender guard

Junior keeps an eye (and a paw) on the fender to the stern of our boat. Perhaps he is lulled into a stupor by the smell of Tony’s boat shoes?

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 12:10 am

Bookshelf: A Captain’s Duty

A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals & Dangerous Days at Sea – Richard Phillips & Stephan Talty Having watched and enjoyed the movie based on this book, Captain Phillips, I was keen to read the...

Posted by on 26 October 2014 | 12:00 am

Movie: Captain Phillips

Several of my friends – among them people who are nowhere near as obsessed with container ships as I am – have recommended that Tony and I watch this film. It is based on a...

Posted by on 25 October 2014 | 12:13 am

Friday photo: Fish Hoek sunset

Tony and I ate an ice cream and watched the sunset at Fish Hoek beach one Sunday evening. The colours cycled through a range of pinks to blue. Can you see the mountains on the...

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 11:59 pm

Newsletter: Submarines in the mist

Hi divers Weekend diving Saturday: 8.00 am at OPBC, double tank dives along the Atlantic seaboard Sunday: To be decided, based on weather and conditions. Text me or reply to this mail to be kept in...

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 1:21 pm

Article: National Geographic on ship breaking

The logical extension of the “sea blindness” that Rose George describes (and attempts to set right) in Deep Sea and Foreign Going, is blindness to what happens to the ships that bring us all our worldly...

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 12:39 am

Bookshelf: Deep Sea and Foreign Going

Deep Sea and Foreign Going – Rose George An unexplored childhood ambition of mine was to work on a large seagoing vessel – first choice an oil rig, but a container ship would do. I went to...

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 12:03 am

A look of disapproval

Looking at all the paraphernalia on the boat around him – wetsuits, BCDs, and other gear – I am guessing that the expression of opprobrium on Fudge’s face is related to the lack of direct...

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 12:18 am

Article: Wired on the Maersk Triple E

Photographer Alastair Philip Wiper visited a South Korean shipyard to photograph a Maersk Triple E container ship under construction. These ships are designed to be fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly than existing ships. They are...

Posted by on 18 October 2014 | 11:45 pm

Scattered shipwreck: SS Kakapo at Clovelly

The wreck of the SS Kakapo is one of the few shipwrecks around Cape Town that you don’t need a diving qualification to visit. It’s located on Long Beach, Noordhoek, and is a striking sight, high...

Posted by on 18 October 2014 | 12:39 am

Friday photo: Building shed

This mysterious, flimsy green boat shed is being used (according to rumour) for the construction of an “eco-friendly catamaran”. It has, remarkably, survived some very stormy weather, so it is more strongly built than it...

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 11:58 pm

Newsletter: Back to business

Hi divers Weekend dives Saturday: 9.00 and 12.00 from Hout Bay to the Romelia, the Maori and/or the BOS 400 Sunday: 9.00 am double tank dive from OPBC to North and South Paw and/or the Cape Matapan The week(end) that was We had a...

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 1:38 pm

Bookshelf: Four Fish

Four Fish – Paul Greenberg This is a big idea book – perhaps best to compare it to a TED talk, only more substantial. It is structured around four types of fish: salmon, tuna, sea bass and...

Posted by on 13 October 2014 | 11:49 pm

Oh buoy

Our cats (of which we have many, many) find our cars irresistibly appealing, and at the first opportunity will climb inside for an investigation. Tony once got out the gate and into the road with...

Posted by on 13 October 2014 | 12:15 am

Documentary: Ice Patrol

Ice Patrol is a four part BBC documentary featuring the British naval ice breaking ship HMS Endurance, named for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s polar exploration ship that set sail in 1914. Endurance is much like our SA Agulhas II, except...

Posted by on 11 October 2014 | 11:52 pm

Bookshelf: Coastal Gardening in South Africa

Coastal Gardening in South Africa – Allan Haschick This book isn’t about diving or marine subjects – not even remotely – but I thought it might be helpful to draw the attention of coastal residents...

Posted by on 11 October 2014 | 12:33 am