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This ocean going tug originally for Safmarine was built at Leith in 1976.I photographed her in April of that year at Port Glasgow when she was on the Clyde undergoing bollard pull trials.
She is still sailing and I believe is now just WOLTEMADE and has lost her large derrick bipod mast.
 

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Hi Fairfield,I was out drinking with the skipper of this tug,a few weeks back.He is an ex UNITED TOWING man,the same as myself.
Salty.
 

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SALTY said:
Hi Fairfield,I was out drinking with the skipper of this tug,a few weeks back.He is an ex UNITED TOWING man,the same as myself.
Salty.
That would have been a good night! Have heard about you tug men!
 

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hi the two safmarine tugs where transfaired to smits pentow and now have smit in front of there names . you are right about the skipper comming from hull i think there are four of them which releive each other danny betes is one of them he as just done one of the longest tows every done towing the FSPO BONGAto west africa
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Ahoy Fairfield,
Here's the WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE

1976 S.A. WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE, 1979 WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE
(sisterships: WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE, JOHN ROSS)
Registered: IMO 7342873 (Veritas 06835G) /(BMU)ON 350736 /(VCT) ON 2107
2800 GRT, L94,65m(85,65), B15,85m, D7,519m(8,59) - fifi, salv.
1 cpp, 2 rudders, bowthr. 800hp, 2x diesel 4tew V16cyl Mirrlees-Blackstone type KVMR16, 19200bhp-14132kW-26200ihp

total @600rpm, sp 20kn, bp 210t

1976: Built by "Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd" at Leith (GBR) (YN 516)
1976 -xx/04: delivered to "Safmarine" at Capetown (ZAF)
(BMU flag, ON 350736, c/s ZTUG)
1979: registered under "Stephanotis Ltd" at Hamilton, Bermuda, renamed WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE
(BMU flag, ON 350736, c/s ZFFA)
1982: (ZAF flag)
1983: To "Wolraad Woltemade Corp Ltd" (W.W. Tug Pty Ltd), mng "Pentow Marine Pty Ltd"
(PAN flag)
198x: (VCT flag, regd Kingstown, ON 2107, c/s J8FC, 2708 GRT, 226 NRT)
2000: mentioned in L.R. as owned by "Wolraad Woltemade Corp Ltd", mng "Smit Marine South Africa" at Cape Town

(ZAF)
(VCT flag, regd Kingstown, ON 2107, c/s J8FC, 2918 GT, 875 NT)
200x: To "Smit Internationale Shipping Investments Inc"
2004: still in service
 

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Fairfield,

The after after bipod mast was removed as there was concerns over hers, and her sisters, John Ross (now Smit Amandla), stability when using the derrick. They have now been equipped with hydraulic cranes P&S.

Her name is still Wolraaad Woltemade and I had the opportunity to go onboard and have a look around this very fine vessel when she was on the Tyne for the 'Bonga' tow out.

cheers,

George.
 

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Woltemade/John Ross(Smit Amandla)

Hello there,
Ihave just left the Harbour here in Durban where the Smit Amandla is currently berthed having just come out of the drydock.Her current Master is Danny Betts and /or Kevin Tait who do alternating spells in command.
I have a 1/62 working radio controlled model of the Amandla before she lost her derrick and name.The model is thus of the John Ross,photo''s of which I will post soon.
She is still a magnificent vessel

Cheers,

Roy Lorentz
 

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ROY LORENTZ said:
Hello there,
Ihave just left the Harbour here in Durban where the Smit Amandla is currently berthed having just come out of the drydock.Her current Master is Danny Betts and /or Kevin Tait who do alternating spells in command.
I have a 1/62 working radio controlled model of the Amandla before she lost her derrick and name.The model is thus of the John Ross,photo''s of which I will post soon.
She is still a magnificent vessel

Cheers,

Roy Lorentz
Roy
Your very correct a magnificent vessel. We regularly charter her or the ex John Ross to tow our Heavy Lift Barges.Real Work horses.
 

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I was a rigger in Henry Robbs when the Sa Wolraad Woltemade was built did a lot of the rigging work on her,one of the worst parts was spooling her towing wires had to run them half way through the yard to get the strain required to bed them on the winches.Also done all the sea trials on her.Was a tribute to British Shipbuilding.Like to add that most of the rigging crew in the yard were either ex RN or ex MN.
 

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I was a rigger in Henry Robbs when the Sa Wolraad Woltemade was built did a lot of the rigging work on her,one of the worst parts was spooling her towing wires had to run them half way through the yard to get the strain required to bed them on the winches.Also done all the sea trials on her.Was a tribute to British Shipbuilding.Like to add that most of the rigging crew in the yard were either ex RN or ex MN.
Hi Mogey,
I remember seeing you guys spooling the wires under the watchful eye of wee Ted Toner, and you are right to point out that the riggers in them days knew what they were doing as riggers in yards now just aint got a clue.
Take a look at my blog on all the ships built in Leith at
http://leithbuiltships.blogspot.com

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A very sad end indeed fo such a fine ship. She was still in very good shape. Very infuriating to see such a waste.

Would someone have her builder's drawings ? A 1/48 or 1/50 model would be quite a sight!

Cheers

Valery
 

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A very sad end indeed fo such a fine ship. She was still in very good shape. Very infuriating to see such a waste.

Would someone have her builder's drawings ? A 1/48 or 1/50 model would be quite a sight!

Cheers

Valery


The plans should be available from the National Archives of Scotland.
Tel: ( Edinburgh) 0131 535 1314
or
Email [email protected]

or search the website: www.nas.gov.uk

Select: Catalogues & Indexes
Then: Search The NAS Catalogue
etc etc... easy as pie!

Search: WOLRADE WOLTEMADE Yard No. 516

I'm sure the plans are there and there are also a good quntity of builders and trials photographs.

Plans can be copied... at full size for a 'reasonable' amount.

Good luck!

Stephen
 
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