slides for sale of the famous ships past and present. Thousands of items
Just a short bio of myself and how my love for ships began and has
remained with me my entire life.
I was born in Cape Town, South Africa and have lived most of my
life in this beautiful city with its
famous harbour visited by thousands of ships every year.
I am married to Kim, my second wife,and
have three children
who reside in Canada. My love of ships began when I was 9 years
old and while ill in bed with measels, my mother bought me a card board
cut out model to build of Queen Mary. This got me going and a few months
later I got my first camera, a box Brownie on which I took some black/white
On my 10th birthday my parents gave me a 35mm Minolta and I began
taking my first colour slides.
After school, instead of going home and doing my homework, I would
cycle to the harbour and spend
the afternoons at the end of A Berth or East Pier photographing
all th ships that moved. Friday after-
noons were special, as the northbound mailship would depart at 4pm
from A Berth. I would sneak
onboard and collect whatever I could in the form oi postcards, menus,
writing paper, etc.
I later acquired a 2nd camera so could now take negatives as well
as slides and switched from black/white
negatives to colour negatives in the 1980s as well as adding video
Most of my my life I spent in a family manufacturing business with
involved extensive travelling, especially to
the Far East, where I would extend my trips and spend many days
in bum boats at Singapore and walla-walla
boats at Hong Kong sailing the anchorages to photograph the hundreds
of ships anchored off these two
large ports. One of the highlights of my photography was the closure
of the Suez Canal and I virtually spent
8 years in Cape Town harbour photographing the many liners and others
ships, strangers to this part of the
world, establishing a unique record of what were called "Suez
In 1991, we sold off the manufacturing businesses and I joined the
Cape Argus as Shipping and Transport
Reporter and advertising Sales Executive. At the beginning of 2000,
I was offered a more lucrative
position at the opposition media group in South Africa which I accepted.
My ship photographic collection is a living collection, as I am
continuously photographing ships both locally
and when I travel abroad. I have in excess of 360 000 colour slides
and negatives and am slowly attempting them to put them on a data base.
I also have an extensive collection of miniture scale models and am continuously
adding books and videos to my library.
I have travelled on many liners and cruise ships from coastal African
trips on British, Dutch and Portuguese liners, to modern cruIsing on ships
like Norway and QE 2.
I have many favourite liners, but those that called at Cape Town
on a regular basis were Arundle Castle with
beautifully propotioned lines and Dominon Monarch, the
largest motorship to trade to South Africa. One of the greatest
broadside views to the two ships was
to see them berthed next to each other at E & F Berths in the
a number of years I supplied publications and shiplovers
with photographs and slides of ships. In April 2000 I launched my
internet site Table Bay Underway Shipping
to enable shiplovers easy access to acquire pictures to fill gaps
in their collections.
I am happy to hear from anyone who has a similar interest in ships
and the maritime world.