from l to r back row : Capt G C Knox; Cdr W M Bisset; WO1 L Gale; R Adm C H Bennett (Vice Chairman); WO1 A Wessels; Cdr E N Wesselo; R Adm (JG) A G Söderlund
front row : ;\Mrs G Hellerman (Treasurer); Mr M F Bosazza (Chairman); Mrs N Holderness; Capt T Morom (secretary)
New member Les Gale not on photograph
20th Annual General Meeting
Time certainly does fly and there seems to have been so many things underway in the last 6 months or so that it needed a reminder that we were approaching
AGM time. This year’s AGM will take place on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 15:00 at the Simon’s Town Museum and we must once again express our thanks to the Curator and staff of that Museum for making their auditorium available to us. The speaker will hopefully be confirmed soon and I will advise by email. Ther will be the normal refreshments on offer on completion of the meeting
Our Bank details are:
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Fish Hoek
Branch Code: 036 009
A/c Name: Naval Heritage Trust
A/c Number: 072 102 276
The "new look" NHT room with the new bookcases which now house the complete supply of all the Naval Digests that have ever been published. They are all for sale so if you need back copies - we have them for members and retail. There are also facilities for research with a collection of naval books also having been started. Donations of books with a naval slant are very welcome.
The NHT has just received the donation of a painting by Nils Andersen of HMSAS Natal from the Rowland and Leta Hill Will Trust. The watercolour was purchased from the family of the late Lt Cdr David "Stoker" Hall DSC SANF, who was the first officer to command the ship.
On 14 March 1945, just four hours into her first voyage, steaming from Newcastle-upon-Tyne towards the island of Mull, HMSAS Natal received a signal to say that a U-Boat had torpedoed and sunk a merchant vessel nearby. The Natal went to the location and undertook a search. Within 20 minutes the ship's sonar picked up a U-Boat signal and depth charges were fired. An oil slick appeared on the surface indicating that the U-Boat had been destroyed. Lt Cdr Hall was awarded a Bar to his DSC for this achievement.
The ship had distinguished service in the Battle for the Atlantic and served in the Far East. In 1956 she was refitted as a hydrographic ship and gave remarkably long and sterling service before being retired in 1972. Naval Digest no 1 gives a full account of her service.
The Rowland and Leta Hill Trust, administered by Nedgroup Trust Limited, has as one of its objectives, the preservation of South Africa's heritage through the acquisition of items of value, restoration of buildings and the creation of parks. Rowland and Leta Hill were Capetonians who believed passionately in South Africa and our future.