Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Arrival in Cape Town!

It was still early on Sunday morning when the Africa Mercy came within sight of the distant flash of Cape Point's historic lighthouse. We sailed across the entrance of False Bay and then turned a little north by west as we headed along off the rocky coastline of the Cape Peninsula. Photo: Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

It was approximately 11am when we entered Table Bay and came to a halt at the Port of Cape Town's pilot station, under the majestic shadow of Table Mountain, where we awaited our pilot's arrival. Shortly thereafter the pilot boat, PB Gannet, came alongside and dropped off our pilot, and soon we were heading to the entrance to the V & A Waterfront's Victoria Basin. Photo: Our pilot approaches under the beautiful Table Mountain.

It was an emotional day for me, having raised the SA flag in the mast as we approached my hometown, and now sailing into the harbour I could see my family and friends waving wildly as the ship approached the berth. We were tied up alongside at about 13h00, and after some immigration formalities, the ship was cleared by 14h00 and crew were free to go and explore the rich beauty and culture of Cape Town. Photo: Hoisting the South African flag in the waters off the Cape Peninsula.

I spent my afternoon giving friends and family tours of the Mercy Ship, which was such a privilege and blessing as I was able to show them my floating home which up until now they have only seen in pictures or read about in words. The day ended having a lovely meal with one of my closest friends and supporters in one of the Waterfront's many restaurants. It was a day I won't often forget. The day the Africa Mercy sailed into Cape Town. Photo: Friends and family welcome the ship to Cape Town.

Enjoy some more pictures from our arrival into the Mother City.

An amazing sunrise as we approached Cape Point.

Cape Point - the very tip of the Cape Peninsula.

My flag flies proudly off my hometown.

Off the rugged, mountainous coastline.

And the City of Cape Town comes into view!

My hometown!

Seals swim in the waters of Table Bay...

... And even leap out of the water!

Our pilot comes onboard.

And the PB Gannet speeds back to port.

God really blessed us with an amazing day to enter Cape Town!

With my friend Estelle, a fellow Capetonian crew member.

The Africa Mercy tied up in the Victoria Basin.


Helen Joy said...

Awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing..how long will the Africa Mercy Ship be at the Cape Town Waterfront? Would love to come see the ship!!

Murray Tristan Crawford said...

Hi Helen,
Unfortunately the ship was only in Cape Town for a very brief 30-hour visit and is now sailing for Sierra Leone as I type.
Mercy Ships had a very positive experience in South Africa and hopefully we'll bring the ship back to South African waters in future.
Sorry you missed us though!