Stories From the Past

“Kaptein… Kaptein, kom gou-gou, daars ‘n skipper wat in die moeilikheid by Knysna is…”

...memories of passengers being transferred on to and off a Mail Ship at Mossel Bay.

It might sound strange that Steam Tug Alwyn Vintcent is coming to an inland town like Villiersdorp, but what does a land-lubber from Riebeek West have to do with her?


Eaglesham's trip from Durban to the Midmar Museum outside Howick in November 1984.

Captain W D Jonker

My Father was the Captain of the Vintcent for many years. As a youngster I watched my dad, towing the Lighters, with the Vintcent, to the mailboats for off-loading the cargo.

Thomas Graham

n November 2011 we were contacted by Thomas Graham, who played a large part in Alwyn Vintcent's history. In the late 1980s he was the manager of the SA Maritime Museum. He was instrumental in acquiring the Alwyn Vintcent for the museum and coordinated the restoration effort which saw the vessel operating as a pleasure craft for a number of seasons in the V&A Waterfront. He now lives in Australia and did much to collect stories from people from the vessel's past as well as recording his own involvement. 

He has kindly given us permission to publish this information on our website.

Alwyn Vintcent Revisited Part 1

Alwyn Vintcent Revisited Part 2

Anton’s Story

Bob's Story

Cedric’s Story

Martin's Story

Nigel's Story


The Mossel Bay working  days

Photos By Theodor Scheffler