The Emma

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I have a couple of queries today. The first comes from Ian Hart who found a reference on this site to a vessel called Emma which was scuttled off Durban in  1927. He wonders if the vessel was one of the Union Whaling Company’s first catchers which had the same name, having been built in 1895.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same ship, but don’t know for sure. Please drop me a line if you know. The diary entry for 31 July 2003 mentions the Emma and has quite a bit of interesting stuff on wrecks around Durban.

It’s hard to believe that FAD is nearly a decade old!! 10 June next year will make it 10 years we’ve been in business.

Anyhow, the second query is from Coleen Seath who wonders if anyone knows about the Memorial Tower Building at UKZN Durban campus. I believe that it was built after WWII to honour the dead of that conflict but it is very Art Deco which might mean that it is earlier than that.

Tobias Viljoen wonders if anyone knows where to find pictures of the inside of the old Durban Station. Please contact me if you know something about it.


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  1. John Taylor
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    Extract from a document entitled ” A Century Of Higher Education Celebrated In KwaZulu-Natal” by UKZN – Construction of the Memorial Tower Building at the Howard College campus began in 1948 and was completed in 1972. It was built in memory of students who died during World War 2.

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