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Sea Stories

A collection of stories about ships, harbours, events and people around the African coast


Africa, the Outside Edge - the expedition reaches Mombasa
May 1, 2008
Author: Kingsley Holgate

it's been one full year as the Africa Outside Edge Exedition reaches Mombasa on the Kenyan coast, still reaching out in the battle against malaria ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Apr 1, 2008
Author: Kingsley Holgate

a 3,000 km detour to the Saharawi refugee camps to deliver footballs and writing materials and to meet an incredible people ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Mar 15, 2008
Author: P&S

When we last spoke to the Greybeard of African adventure they had been turned back from the Algerian border with Morocco ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Mar 7, 2008
Author: Kingsley Holgate

"It’s a huge disappointment,” said Kingsley, talking to us from the ancient Islamic walled city of Fez. A story best told in some scribbled pieces from the Greybeard’s expedition journal ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Feb 15, 2008
Author: Kingsley Holgate

After a short break for Christmas and end of year, the Kingsley Holgate Edge of Africa Expedition is on the move once again. We catch up on events… ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Dec 19, 2007
Author: Kingsley Holgate

in the latest episode the expedition reaches Africa's most westerly point, where a commemorative stone is left behind ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Dec 1, 2007
Author: Kingsley Holgate

25,000km on the clock and exactly six months into the journey… the expedition has reached Guinea in West Africa
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Nov 19, 2007
Author: Kingsley Holgate

The Outside Edge of Africa expedition has reached Mali and Timbuktu... but it's Rugby World Cup time.
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Nov 2, 2007
Author: Kingsley Holgate

We continue with the adventures of modern day explorer Kingsley Holgate and the yearlong humanitarian journey around Africa following the coastline, known as Africa, the Outside Edge… ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Oct 20, 2007
Author: Kingsley Holgate

A further episode in the story of modern day explorer Kingsley Holgate and the yearlong humanitarian journey around Africa following the coastline, known as Africa, the Outside Edge… ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge
Oct 10, 2007
Author: Kingsley Holgate

We continue the story of modern day explorer Kingsley Holgate and the yearlong journey following Africa's coastline ...
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Africa, the Outside Edge ...
Oct 2, 2007
Author: Kingsley Holgate

The Kingsley Holgate story continues...
In their latest adventure the team is circumnavigating Africa... on land by Kandrover, staying as close to the coast as possible for the entire journey. ...
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NASA Africa Mission Investigates Hurricane Origin and Development
Aug 3, 2006
Author: Cheryl Pellerin
Washington File Staff Writer

Preliminary data might be available for the 2006 hurricane season, scientist says ...
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The Kingsley Holgate Rainbow Expedition is over
Jul 19, 2006
Author: P&S

The year-long expedition to take the message to East Africa that malaria can be prevented has ended, and another Kingsley Holgate expedition has come to a conclusion ...
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Guidance Products for Vessels Sailing in Antarctic Waters
Feb 3, 2006
Author: Ian Hunter
Principal Researcher
SA Weather Services

At the beginning of every austral summer polar research and relief vessels head south on their annual cruises into Antarctic waters ...
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Ethiopia's Search for a Port
Jan 21, 2006
Author: The Reporter (Addis Ababa)

Ethiopia is casting a wide net in its search for several port options. This report from 'The Reporter' in Ethiopia ...
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Oranjemund Antarctic Adventure
Jan 16, 2006
Author: Robert Young, Unicorn Shipping

Returning to her homeport Durban within the next few days on completion of a remarkable record-breaking voyage is Unicorn Shipping’s smallest and oldest vessel ...
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International Support for the SA Agulhas's mission in Antarctica
Jan 12, 2006
Author: Ian Hunter, Principal Researcher, SA Weather Services

The 'SA Agulhas' left Penguin Bukta (*) on Sunday 8 January to deploy nine drifting weather buoys, plus one ...
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Landlubbers in Lamu
Dec 5, 2005
Author: P&S

update on the Kingsley Holgate 'one net, one life' expedition ...
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Forecasting for the SA Agulhas
Dec 2, 2005
Author: Ian Hunter
SA Weather Services

the 2005/6 relief voyage to Antarctica ...
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Grindrod’s malaria warriors reach Somali border
Oct 26, 2005
Author: P&S

The African Rainbow Expedition makes it safely to the Somali border ...
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Cape of Storms - August 2005
Oct 4, 2005
Author: Ian Hunter
Principal Researcher, South African Weather Service

During August 2005 a very intense vortex was located south-east of South Georgia in the Southern Ocean ...
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Satellite Altimeter Data and the SA Agulhas' recent trip to Marion Is.
Sep 16, 2005
Author: Ian Hunter, South African Weather Services

the recent voyage to Marion Island on board the SA Agulhas was tempestuous to say the least ...
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Saving lives through adventure
Aug 17, 2005
author: Kingsley Holgate

another installment from the One Life - One Net adventure expedition led by adventurer Kingsley Holgate ...
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Grindrod Interview by HF Radio 2247 km from Durban
Aug 4, 2005
Grindrod Durban

latest news from the African Rainbow 'One Net - One Life' expedition ...
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Expedition delayed by dhow
Jul 9, 2005
Author: P&S

The African Rainbow Expedition was delayed by last minute adjustemnts to the Arab dhow, but ...
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African Rainbow Expedition sets off by road and dhow
Jun 7, 2005
Author: Terry Hutson

Heading off into Africa on an year-long adventure is old hat for explorer Kingsley Holgate and his family ...
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Pat Raw - the story of a port engineer
Apr 23, 2005
Author: Terry Hutson

Few of us leave indelible marks on our surroundings but for some, such as our harbour engineers, it’s often a different ...
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A tale about Queen Elizabeth, Rabbis and Elephants
Aug 16, 2004
Author: Susan Lawrence, former assistant purser, Cunard Line

It was the Thursday before Passover in 1965 and, although I didn't know it, I was making my last voyage on the Queen Elizabeth ...
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Good Buoy ! - The first of the 'winter' wave events.
Apr 26, 2004
Author: Ian Hunter

During 2003 the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism's vessel, the SA Agulhas, deployed ...
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Historical Review of SA oil pollution service
Jan 31, 2004
Author: Terry Hutson

No one disputes the fact that accidental marine oil spills are dramatic events ...
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Marion and Prince Edward Islands
Dec 28, 2003
Author: Terry Hutson

The name of Marion Island is familiar to most South Africans, but few are likely to have gone anywhere near the place ...
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The call of the sea - Tex Lishman
Dec 26, 2003
Author: Terry Hutson

Several years ago a group of friends threw a birthday party down the South Coast ...
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One of Durban’s Old Salts passes on
June 16, 2003
Author: Terry Hutson

The death in June 2003 of Captain Peter Embleton, one of the true ‘Old Salts’ of the port, reminded one of how a port like Durban ...
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A sense of déjà vu
Apr 26, 2004
Author: Terry Hutson

There’s a strong sense of déjà vu at the harbour right now, brought about by all ...
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Holly and the stowaways
Dec 31, 2002
Author: Terry Hutson

The case of the good ship Holly, now long gone to the breakers yard, raises the ongoing problem of what to do with stowaways once on board ship. For as long as man has gone to ...
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Forgotten lady of the sea
Dec 31, 2002
Author: Terry Hutson

The coast of South Africa serves as a graveyard to many a fine ship, so much so that several lengthy books have been written about them.
On occasion the drama of a ship sinking into ...
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