As with most things in life and ships included they come to an end, this fine tug could have gone on for many years to come but it would seem that politics got involved in her story as with many ships.
It was decided in 2010 that the WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE was surplus to requirments and that the powers that be would keep the local built John Ross going and scrap her sister ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in Scotland.
So the sad end was in sight for the fine old ship and she was readied for the ship graveyards first being stripped of all usable equipment and seen in the photograph below she was pretty light and in ballast at Cape Town while awaiting her end.
At least they had the good grace to ackowledge just what a magnificent ship she had been as they gave her a new name to end her final days with.
The name she was given was ICON and I can think of no better name for this mighty vessel that had protected the coast line of South Africa amongst many, many other towing duties during her working lifetime.
The sad end
The once mighty WALRAAD WOLTEMADE run onto the beach at Alang and awaiting the tides and hordes of workers ready
to decend onto her like a swarm of ants armed with burning torches and grinders to reduce her to a pile of scrap metal.
Not too much of her left now as they carry away bits of her just one of the many to be reduced to scrap.
Almost gone now, a sad end indeed for a very fine ship.
And as she was in her prime just after fitting out and doing her trials in the Firth of Forth, near Leith, Scotland.
This great photograph shows how powerful the mighty ocean going tug was as she brings in another "Super Tanker" to Cape Town in 1982 the photograph is by Bob Terry and is shown with his kind permission.
While ocean salvage could be very profitable it could also be pretty dangerous as this photograph from Bob Terry shows as the mighty tug tows this ship on fire again in 1982 and shown by kind permission.