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The SATS General Botha and a Century of Honourable Duty.
As everyone knows by now we are publishing a book as part of the Centenary Celebrations and this shall be available soon. The book, titled “The Legend Lives On” is being published in two editions: the “Library” edition and the “Standard” edition, both with identical content in full colour, abundantly illustrated and enriched throughout by yarns from dozens of Bothie Old Salts.

ONLY 100 copies of the “Library” edition shall be printed. We are pleased to offer you a pre-publication special price of R700 for a Library Edition or R500 for a Standard Edition. Please note that this price EXCLUDES packaging and postage.

This book explains why the legend of the Ship and her Old Salts lives on. It is a book that celebrates a century of honourable duty performed with distinction, it salutes the past and anticipates the future, revealing the essence of a truly South African maritime story – a great legendary saga to be told and retold, never to be forgotten while South Africans go down to the sea in ships.

Pre-publication order deadline 30th August 2021.
For orders and enquiries email:
For Old Salts without email, phone: +27 82 555 2877 – alternatively write to the Cape Town postal
address listed in the header of this newsletter.


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From the Newslatter…..

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From: Robert Kitching []
Sent: 05 May 2016 04:54 PM
To: Tony Nicholas

May Newsletter CWPB Association 2017 letterhead

Hi Tony.

Please find a brief newsletter for the 2017 CWPB reunion in Victoria BC.
We have a nucleus necessary to make the reunion a success but would like to get as many more alumni from all the trainings ships as possible to make this a truly memorable occasion.
Please do not hesitate to contact me I can supply any additional information.



Bob Kitching
OW 55-57
Reunion Coordinator
Tel: 1-250-327-9030

Sent: Monday, 6 July 2015 11:20 AM

Good day to you. This is to inform you, for the purposes of updating your schedule of cadets, that my father, Gordon Keith Bennett expired on 4 June 2015.

Kind Regards

Richard Bennett

Cell: 0823789262 / Tel: 011 828-0757
Fax: 0865838836/fsp43001

A Brief History
1948 indentured with Ellerman Hall Line, sailed on five different vessels, promoted to 4th officer before resigning to join Simmer and Jack Mines as a learner mine surveyor. Eight years later joined Rand Water Board as Topographical and Engineering Surveyor from where he retired after 34 years as Principal Surveyor.


From: Gary Brownless []
Sent: 16 June 2015 10:23 PM
Subject: Joe Brownless

Sad to announce the passing of my dad, Joe Brownless yesterday morning, 15 June. He passed peacefully in his room at the Green Pastures old age home. He was 89Y of age.
We are planning a memorial on Saturday 20 June outside Durbanville – same to still be confirmed.
I trust a suitable obituary will be posted for possibly the last south African with square rig endorsement.
Many thanks
Gary Brownless

A Brief History
First General Botha Cadet to join the s.v. Lawhill, serving some years on her as Cadet. Then joined a Danish tanker “Ingemersk” as 4th and then 3rd Officer, this being run by the then S.A.R.& H. Wrote Second Officer’s Certificate at the Hull Trinity College in England and further study obtained a square sail endorsement. Sailed as Second Officer on a Polish Ship around the Eastern U.K. Coast and to Europe. Later treturned to South Africa and sailed on various ships run by the S.A.R. & H. Failed his eyesight test when applying to write Chief Officer’ Certificate, so came ashore and became a toolmaker with the Railways. Studied further and became a Factory Engineer. 2006 Retired.

Our S.A.T.S. General Botha exhibit in the S.A. Naval Museum, Simon’s Town, is finally open to
the public. The temporary [albeit lengthy] closure as a result of other work being done in the
museum has finally been completed and thus allowing public access to our exhibit in the same
wing of the museum. During the renovations three class photographs somehow went AWOL.
These have subsequently been replaced and the museum staff shall mount them in their correct
places when time permits.

The Reunion

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A group of Bothy Old Boys, all aged 40, discussed where they should meet for a reunion lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because the waitresses had big breasts and wore mini-skirts.

Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because the food and service was good and the beer selection was excellent.

Ten years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because there was plenty of parking, they could dine in peace and quiet, and it was good value for money.

Ten years later, at age 70, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had a toilet for the disabled.

Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because they had never been there before.

1971 Hit Video

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The video below was released in 2011 to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1971 intake at Bothy. Copies of the DVD were given to each of the 1971 cadets, but unfortunately, due to financial constraints, we could not make the video available to a wider audience.

However, through advances in technology and internet hosting, we are able to bring this long-awaited release to the masses at a price everyone can afford – NOTHING!….

So enjoy and remember that you saw it here first!!!…………

Marine Inspirations

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Hi All,
Check out This is our latest venture in mentoring disadvantaged kids from SA. The Website tells it all and we have two kids coming over to sail with us in the Ibiza Rendezvous Regatta in October. We are all pretty excited that it has worked out so well and so fast and that flights and expenses are all sponsored and everything is up and running.
Cheers – Phil

Phil Wade.
Now in Spain:
Cell +34 693 821 526
Home +34 971 73 7559