Piet Jonker wrote in some time ago to ask:
I am searching for information about the iron barque Willem Eggerts. This ship was built in 1885 for the Dutch owner N. Brantjes by McIntyre shipyard in Paisley, Scotland.
The ship was sold in 1910 to Rennie and Sons and was sailed to Durban (Natal) by Captain Rigden. The ship was used as a coal-hulk and around 1930 beached in front of the Beira lighthouse.
Do you have any information about the ship during her time in Durban?
Greetings, P Jonker, Holland.
Mark Yegambaram wrote:
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your compilation. It has invoked warm “fuzzy” nostalgic feelings within me.
You seem to have a lot of information on the history of Durban and surrounding areas and I was wondering if you can shed some light on something that is bugging me?
I live in Chatsworth (Durban) and would like information on when the first residents of the Township of Chatsworth had moved in. The only information I could get from the municipal reference library is the date 1960 which does not make sense as we know that Chatsworth was only planned in that year.
Please sir if you have any relevant information or could refer me anyone with such information, it would be greatly appreciated.
I wonder if anyone can help Mark with the info he’s looking for. He addresses me as sir which makes me feel quite old but there’s a pleasing ring to it and I’m considering insisting on it in future ….
Renee Lucas wants to know if anyone knows of a Durban-based Mauritian society?
What a wonderful website you have, I really enjoyed it and have spent some time reading the articles. I came across your site in the course of my genealogy research . Of particular interest to me was the article on whaling as my grandfather spent a part of his life in this occupation, I have a picture of him somewhere on one of the whalers!
I was (and still am) looking for information about a Mauritian society which existed in Durban, not sure of the dates it existed but I am told that its members were primarily Mauritians and their descendants, so possibly the time line could be anything from 1840 – 1970? Do you or fellow contributors have any knowledge of this? I really would love to know more about it.
It’s a long shot, but Lindsay Sullivan wants to know:
I am wondering if you have any idea (however unlikely!) how I can get a hold of one of those Cuban Hat drinking glasses???
Clayton Hayward wants to know if anyone has info on his grandfather:
I realize you probably get swamped with requests but I’ve been trying to get any type on information on my grandfather who was stationed at the Bluff Battery as well as being a city councillor for a period. His name was George Willis and due to the fact that my family are either scattered or do not have contact with one another I would dearly love to try find out any info has on him. I met him once when I was 9 years old for a very brief 5 minutes.
I must apologise if it seems like a missing relatives web site it’s just that I would love to know more of the man. I know he was a keen diver and served in North Africa during the war, I imagine he was based at the Bluff Battery after the war and he was a captain in the Radar section.
I really would appreciate any info you might have.