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The Ship Society of South Africa is an organization founded in 1953 by a small group of maritime enthusiasts. The aim of the Society is, amongst other things, to provide a forum of guest speakers, to show slides and films and to collect a book and image library relating to the shipping world. In 1971 the Society secured a lease at the Port Captain’s building at the Pierhead and also took occupation of the Clock Tower, which we opened to the public to view our crockery and photographic collection. In 1990 we moved to our present premises at Bon 1, close to Table Bay Harbour Police Station to make way for the V & A company who moved in to develop the now famous Waterfront. Our resources have improved over the years, for instance, we now have access to the Internet and Digital Projection facilities. We are pleased therefore to be able to offer the following facilities to both our private and corporate members;

  • Full use of our facilities insofar we can reasonably provide

  • Free advertorial space in our quarterly magazine, Flotsam & Jetsam, which is free to members, the Harbour Master, Pilots wardroom, the Tugs and central libraries nationwide

  • A refreshment area

  • Reference books including Lloyd’s Registers of Shipping, Jane’s Ships and Marine News covering, between them, almost a century of shipping.

  • Some 700 books on all aspects of shipping plus a comprehensive collection of videos and DVD ‘s.

  • VCR and DVD Player

  • Digital Projection facilities with laptop, a film and slide projector and appropriate screen

  • Secure Parking

  • Prior catering arrangements can be made for your next team building event, Management meeting or even a special occasion

The Ship Society meets every Saturday from 1600hrs and we also meet on all Thursday evenings. Normally there will be a Guest Speaker on the first Thursday of each month followed by either a film evening, games evening, general knowledge quiz, or another interesting event. We are the only Ship Society in the world that has our club situated within the port. Our ship models are breathtaking and display pure originality. After being in the presence with the friends of the Ship Society, you leave feeling as if you have just stepped off a floating wealth of information. Our books date back many many years, some even as far back as a century. Once you depart the Club after a fun filled occasion, you will most definitely return for more. If you are interested in Ships and Shipping, enjoy sharing this interest with like-minded people in congenial surroundings, would like to have access to a comprehensive library of Shipping books, DVDs and Videos – stall no further, visit the Ship Society to experience all of the above. We look forward to fostering a useful comradeship between us.

Every second Saturday of each month there is a braai, followed by a comedy. Soup is available as well.


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