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

Friday photo: Clouds over Simon’s Bay

I took this photo standing on the end of the Simon’s Town jetty. As an amateur cloud appreciator (cloudspotter would imply that I can remember the names of anything other than cumulonimbus), I enjoy any...

Posted by on 9 October 2014 | 11:58 pm

Newsletter: Slow boat

Hi divers Just a short and sweet newsletter this week as we are at the Boat Show at the Convention Centre for the next three days, and therefore won’t be diving. Besides boats there are other water...

Posted by on 9 October 2014 | 1:24 pm

Guest contribution: Heinrich’s seal diving video

Heinrich learned to scuba dive recently, and on his final Open Water dive at Duiker Island in Hout Bay, he brought along his Go-Pro camera. He edited together some footage from that dive, and is...

Posted by on 8 October 2014 | 12:30 am

Bookshelf: Southern African Sea Life

Southern African Sea Life: A Guide for Young Explorers – Sophie von der Heyden Marine biologist and geneticist Sophie von der Heyden has produced a beautiful, practical and useful book for young people wanting to...

Posted by on 7 October 2014 | 12:21 am

Pontoon plea (from the cat)

Junior is hungry, and wishes you would stop fiddling with the boat (why do the motors need to be flushed, anyway?) and come inside to sort out his dinner. But he’s polite, and will only...

Posted by on 5 October 2014 | 11:58 pm

Bookshelf: The Outermost House

The Outermost House – Henry Beston Henry Beston spent more than a year living in a two-roomed wooden house on a dune in Cape Cod, and published this classic of American nature writing about his...

Posted by on 4 October 2014 | 11:45 pm

Boating at Buffels Bay

We spent a sunny day at Buffels Bay in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, facilitating some boat dives to Batsata Maze and an unnamed reef to the south of Smitswinkel Bay for Old Mutual Sub...

Posted by on 3 October 2014 | 11:51 pm

Friday photo: Slangkop lighthouse in the distance

Last time we saw Slangkop lighthouse, she was having a face lift. The scaffolding is off now. She stands at the southernmost end of Kommetjie, overlooking the Atlantic ocean, and is the tallest cast iron...

Posted by on 2 October 2014 | 11:48 pm

Newsletter: Early summer

Hi divers Weekend dives Saturday:  9.30 am to SS Maori/BOS 400 & 12.00 pm to Duiker Island, launching from Hout Bay Sunday: 9.30 am to Die Josie & 12.00 pm to Tafelberg Reef, launching from Hout Bay Conditions report...

Posted by on 2 October 2014 | 1:18 pm

A school of strepies at Atlantis

Atlantis Reef is a justifiably popular boat dive site south of Miller’s Point in False Bay. It has spectacular tall pinnacles and a jumble of boulders to explore, all covered by rich and diverse invertebrate life....

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 12:11 am