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ULUNDI - Yard No 78 - Tug-Pilot Boat - Union Castle Mail S.S. Co - Built 1927

Ulundi-Ship-No_78

The fine old Tug/Pilot Vessel
ULUNDI now sits on the wharf in South Africa where she is a
static museum.
Seen here in Port Natal in a Photograph by Derek Walker. 

 ULUNDI is one of the oldest examples of tugs that were built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

   
Owners   Union Castle Mail S.S.Co
           
Registered    London Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Steam Tug/Pilot boat Launched    1927
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    75' 0" Weather    
Beam    18' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     10' 6"      
Draught     6' 6"      
G.R.T.    97      
DWT          
           
Engines          
Props    1      
Speed   10.5 knots      
           
Other known names        
           
Current Status    Static maritime display in South Africa    
As info on ULUNDI becomes available it will be updated here. 
 
 
Ships History

 

 ULUNDI was named after a town in the Zululand Municipality. It was at one time the Capital of Zululand in South Africa, and later the Capital of Bantustan of Kwazulu.

 ulundi-cradle

ULUNDI as a static maritime display

(unknown photo credit)

The ULUNDI is the oldest surviving pilot tug in South Africa. Built by Henry Robb Ltd, Leith, she is 75ft 6 inches overall length with a beam of 18 ft. She was powered by a direct acting compound expansion engine and was in service from 1927. After being withdrawn she was earmarked for the fledgling Port Natal Maritime Museum. Placed on a cradle next on the quayside, she has had doors cut into the side of her hull. Ship No 78 is now a visitor attraction in Port Natal, South Africa.

 

Pressure-Gauge-from-Ulundi_
 
 History of the name Ulundi.Ulundi is a town in the Zululand District Municipality. It was at one time the capital of Zululand in South Africa, and later the capital of the Bantustan of Kwazulu. It is now a part of KwaZulu-Natal Province and from 1994 to 2004 took turns at being the capital with Pietermaritzburg. There is an airport, a five-star hotel, and some museums. Estimated population: 11,102
 

 Photo of ULUNDI taken from the JR Moore by Derek Walker

 

Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

So if you know any of the men or women who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch and we shall add the story here. 

 

 Scan-data

 The above is the Scan Data taken by Brad Wakefield of Leica Geosystems, more of which to follow.

You will find the story and the link from Brad on the next page.

 

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Comments   

 
+1 #2 Brad Wakefield 2012-03-08 12:15
Here is the Leica scan data of the outside of this tug in 3D... Scanned with Leica ScanStation C10.
You can view this tug from all angles with this system.

Keeping South African heritage alive.

Best Regards
Brad Wakefield
Leica Geosystems
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+1 #1 jock van wyk 2011-06-10 14:48
My father Jock van wyk senior was one of the skippers on the Ulundi until he retired in the late 60S.As a young boy i spent many days on the Uludi and have very fond memories of her.
My father has passed away but every time i drive pass the Ulundi on the Durban Esplanade i think of him.
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