SA Naval Museum
The SAS Assegaai - S99 is one of three French submarines acquired between 1970 - 1972. These were the first submarines to serve in the South African Navy. The SAS Assegaai (assegaai is the Afrikaans word for 'spear') was finally decommissioned in 2003. Currently, she is preserved as a floating museum. (The link that I included above is a bit outdated, but the page has good photos and information.)
Our tour guide, Malcolm, had been one of the chefs on board the submarine. He mentioned that food was the main thing that helped break up the monotony of days under water and so a lot was expected of the chef on duty - and the kitchen was tiny! Two chefs worked shifts - while one was on, the other was off - from 4 am to midnight every day. Malcolm was really funny and explained life on the submarine very well.
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|Malcolm, our tour guide,|
standing beside a torpedo
|Jeremiah, Amanda and Samantha|
looking at the submarine
|The tiny kitchen|
|Robbie took this photo of me and the kids|
listening to our tour guide. I brought along
a lollipop for Amanda to keep her busy.
|Robbie took this photo of Jeremiah|
while we were walking through the
The Toy Museum
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Simon's Town - Part 1
Simon's Town - Part 2