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  #51  
Old 28th June 2008, 10:46
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Long Overdue Update

Hi Guys

Well time now for a long overdue update! I have been very busy with another unique vessel (ex RAN Admirals Barge) and apologize for the lack of update re the Alwyn.

Things have been progressing very well and at long last she now looks like a little ship again. The attached pics tell the story!

A fantastic effort from a wonderful crew who actually take pride in their work!

I received this email from Cedric Hunter / the last person (was with the museum when it owned the vessel) and this pretty much says it all...

Hello Gordon,
After being homebound for weeks of persistent freelance work and a spell of illness, I was finally able to visit the AV again on Wednesday last week--and what a transformation.
Although Charlie brought me up to date on his progress whenever I phoned him, and on all the work still to be done, it was really great, seeing the little ship cleaned up and freshly painted again, after all the years of neglect. The site of the tug, as my wife and I approached her, so reminded me of how she looked back in those years when we were steaming her for the Maritime Museum.
It was on a day in the first half of January 1994 that the AV, as it turned out later, became the last S. African ship to move under steam power. We won't count the three or four small steam launches in this country.
I happened to be aboard that day on engine duty, and, often being the last to leave, was instructed to close down ship for the season. But as there were no further AV steaming seasons to follow, by slowly drawing out her boiler fires that evening, I unknowingly gained the poignant distinction of being the one to close the era of S African maritime steam, dating back to the 1830s.
This is of course, unless some wealthy local steam-heritage benefactor revives one of our last three remaining steam ships (that is, after your tug's departure) back to working order. Highly unlikely, given the enormous yet fruitless efforts to attract meaningful sponsorhip of the AV, even during her years of much publicised steaming.
I hope we'll get to meeting during your busy visit here, and would certainly like to see her finally being lifted from S. African waters, a fitting moment to bid the little ship farewell.
Best regards,
Cedric.


There is a genuine effort on the part of many South Africans to preserve a wonderful heritage and it is my hope that the Alwyn Vintcent can in some way provide a little more inspiration worldwide, and prove that where there is a will there is a way!

Cheers

Gordon
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Old 29th July 2008, 06:35
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Hi Gordon
Thank you very much for the update.
She looks gorgeous now and seems ready to set sail.

Congratulations for your hard work and for all the ones involved!
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Old 21st September 2008, 11:50
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Hi Guys any updates? Is she on the ship bound for Australia? Did anybody get photos?
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Old 3rd October 2008, 10:20
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Still in SA. Under my watch and in good order.
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Old 15th March 2009, 10:49
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Any update regarding this vessel? Have not been involved since last year.
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Old 17th March 2009, 07:41
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Gordon, where are you and the Alwyn?
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Old 5th May 2009, 11:15
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I am back....

Just a quick message.... I am now recovering fairly well following my recent stroke and things are now once proceeding with the Alwyn Vintcent. My thanks to all for well wishes.
Update will follow in a few days.

B Rgds

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Old 14th May 2009, 08:35
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RE "I am back" - does this mean you are now a combination of Lazarus, General MacArthur and Arnie? Good to hear you are recovering and Alwyn is proceeding. Cheers, JeffM
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Old 11th June 2009, 14:32
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For Old Time's Sake.......

Here are my kids and Alwyn Vintcent in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa, in March 1986.

Best wishes,
Dave
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Old 12th July 2009, 10:39
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Great Pictures of Alwyn Vintcent, thank you for posting.
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Old 20th October 2009, 14:09
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Ja well sadly the tug is still moored in the waterfront. Not looking too good at all!

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Old 11th December 2009, 08:36
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Her current state as of last month. Disgusting!

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Old 11th December 2009, 23:05
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That is very very sad.
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Old 13th December 2009, 16:57
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Unhappy

http://blogs.timeslive.co.za/wandere...fire-or-worse/

For those that like to follow blogs. View the comments where one contractor explains what happened following restoration!
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Old 1st March 2010, 09:30
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The tug is still double banked on the SAS Somerset and is a rusting hulk. Unbelievable that it has been left to rust away. A very sad day for South Africa if the ship gets cut up for scrap.
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Old 15th March 2010, 13:34
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Mendi, thanks for the update and the link on post 64. It is difficult to keep track of what is happening to the Alwyn from here so your updates are appreciated.
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Old 17th March 2010, 10:41
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Rumour has it the ship may be converted into a restuarant or worse if sold. Impractical if you ask me!
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Old 19th March 2010, 03:51
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what ever caused the preservation of her to dwindle out?
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Old 24th March 2010, 22:01
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Its a long story! pm me if you want to know more.
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Old 3rd May 2010, 10:12
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Thumbs down

At this rate she could sink at her mooring or be cut for scrap! Ship is in an horrific state and covered in guano!
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Old 30th June 2010, 14:38
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RIP Alwyn Vintcent!
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Old 2nd July 2010, 07:58
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Mendi, what is the story behind your RIP?
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Old 8th July 2010, 09:42
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Full story of what happened to the ship and the contractors who worked on it will be published here shortly. Everyone has the right to know what happened!
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Old 19th July 2010, 09:36
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I think I may just cry!
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Old 20th July 2010, 10:58
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I don't blame you. The poor ship has been laid up for almost exactly two years with no upkeep whatsoever. Theft has taken place with all brass lanterns stolen as well as engine spares. Engineroom is intact though.

The various contractors who worked on the vessel are still awaiting payment for services rendered! This is one of the reasons the vessel has not left our waters.

Attempts to contact the owner were all in vain as no response was ever received.
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