The Maritime Centre, situated at Cape Town’s V & A waterfront is a major attraction to both locals and tourists.
What makes this maritime centre so special is its vessel exhibition, the SAS Somerset, the only Boom vessel left in the world and previously known as Ship No 280 in 1941. This majestic vessel’s overall lengthy is 59 metres, which makes it such a treat during school holidays as sleepovers are held aboard this ship. Exhibitions in the Maritime centre depicting Table Bay from the 17th to the 20th Century give insight of the development of the harbour.
The Iziko Maritime Centre features an overview of shipping in Cape Town, and the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison, forms part of the exhibitions.
Images depicting Table Bay from the 17th to 20th Century give an idea of the development of the harbour.
There is a collection of ship models and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town, in particular the era of mail-ships. Large and medium-sized images support the exhibitions, with the emphasis on the Union-Castle Line.
A key part of this resource centre is the John H Marsh Maritime Research Centre. The Marsh collection consists of various collections including an important archive of nearly 20 000 photographs, depicting 9 200 ships dating from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. It also has an