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Vessel is now owned by a South African and will be taken ashore for preservation. Thanks to all who were involved.
 

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Mendi, do you mean the Alwyn will be permanently preserved as a non floating ship or is this a temporary measure? Either way it is good to hear that she has been preserved and not scrapped.
 

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Correct, she will be placed ashore in a specially prepared dry-dock, then restored to working order. As it will then be situated about 5km away from the largest man-made freshwater dam anything is possible! Ship will be taken about 100km inland. I will keep everyone updated.
 

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Hi Mendi: this is good news. I did many a happy delivery trip as 'skipper' on the Alwyn Vincent from Mossel Bay to Port Elzabeth and back when she did relief duties and annual 'lay up' in Port Elizabeth. I spent a few days camped out on her bridge in Mossel Bay during 'high holiday season' as there were no hotel rooms available ashore waiting for the wind to abate. The rest of th crew of course lived in Mossel Bay. That Italian built class of pilot boat / tug were good sea boats up to force 6! After that they submerged!
 

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Mendi, best wishes for Christmas and New Year and thank you for keeping us informed about the saga of the Alwyn Vintcent. Cheers, JeffM
 

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Do our South African friends have any further news on the fate of the Alwyn Vintcent or her progress in being preserved as an out of water historic ship?
 

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Hi Mendi, How are things going over there with the AV.

Last pics I saw she was stripped down to the deck almost ready for road transport.

I would be keen to hear and see how things are progressing.

One of my work colleagues who is from Johannesburg remembers the AV quite well and he was quite chuffed when I showed him the latest from the website.(Thumb)

On a note from over here in Sydney our Ferry Baragoola is coming along very well. I personally am not as involved as when we were fighting to save her but still donate bits and pieces to assist the restoration and visit a few times a year.

Cheers Ric.
 

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Hi there

I have no idea whats happening except that road transport slated for May.

Good news re Baragoola though.
 

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hy ref knot.12-1-2012, 22:47.i have been reading this thread re:alwyn vintcent i was verry inpressed with the attempt to save this small craft.i went to your link.and it showed,photos of her.being transported to her base for scrapping and painting.also a company who will clean her hull but also provide al the paint to paint the whole boat,it seems tha she is truly saved.you have all done a fine job in preserving your shipping history.great post.happy sailing.ben27
 

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It is a feel-good story, isn't it? Sadly that webside seems to have stalled a bit - the information seems a bit old. I'll try finding a bit of recent progress if I can.
 

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good day reef knot,yesterday,12:36 re:your link.i have just watched it,great photos.what a great and dedicated team of restorers,thanks for showing.have a good day,ben27
 

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And on Facebook it appears the same person who was involved with the tug is now trying to save the HMAS Curlew. Kris Mitchell / Gordon Bashford.
 

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alwyn vincent - sas somerset

hello all - my post is a little late - i know - but here goes - the last time i saw anything on the av - she was in villiersdorp - 400 km north of capetown - but all efforts to contact queries - have been met with ... nothing - she is under the guardianship of the local tractor club ! having said that - at least they are putting in a effort - the sad news here is - that her companion of many years in cape town - sas somerset - has officially received the nod to be broken up - the naval base in simonstown - to be it shortly - do not want her ! and the vessel is leaking oil - i do have the report on file as to the decision - on another note - the sas durban - jr more and ulundi in durban - are not faring well either - i have been told the jr was due to go into dry dock for cleaning - but again - no report back - all 3 vessels are in a bad state - as per my last visit in feb 2019 - i have an extensive file on av including her being transferred to her final resting place - if anyone is interested - contact me via pvt message with your email
 

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