Books available from the Naval Museum - Simon's Town

Books can be ordered from Larijworks in Simon's Town.    Books can also be bought at the Simon's Town Museum.
Postage on books ordered to SA addresses is normally R55.00.  Postage to other countries on request. Indicate also that they can also be ordered by snail mail.
South Africa’s Navy  By R Adm Chris Bennett and R Adm(JG) Arné Söderlund
Published: 2008 - SOLD OUT

Detained in Simon's Bay  By V M Golovnin 
Translated by Lisa Millner  Published: 2009
A translation of the section of a report to the Imperial Russian Navy covering the year May 1808 to May 1809 during which the Russian sloop Diana was detained by the British.   Soft cover, A5, 108 pages Price: R95.00, postage and packaging for a South African address is R55.00
Alabama  By Edna and Frank Bradlow 
Published: 2007
This is a second edition and updated version of the book. The book tells the story of the Confederate Raider Alabama from her first day at sea until her final battle with USS Kearsage off Cherbourg, France Hard cover, 162 pages in full colour Price: R120.00, postage and packaging for a South African address is R55.00
A name among seafaring men.  By Wilhelm Grütter  Published: 1973  Also available in Afrikaans
The story of South African Training Ship General Botha and the young men who trained in her and then went on to make the name well know in the international maritime world Hard cover, A4, 173 pages Price: R35.00, postage and packaging for a South African adress is R55.00
If you can hold up your hand hear me!
By D F Silberbauer  Published: 1984
A compilation of most of the SA Navy’s best known amusing stories.
Hard cover, A5, 150 pages Price: R25.00, postage and packaging for a South African address is R20.00
BOOKS
Cdr H. R. Gordon-Cumming's 'Long' Official History of the South African Naval Forces during the Second World War  (1939 - 1945)
Soft cover A4 352 pages.   Price R250.00 pl;us R55 postage and packaging for a South African address.

. The history of the East Dockyard is intertwined with that of the town and whilst a number of books have been written on the town, we at last have the picture from behind the Dockyard wall, and a fascinating one it is. The residents of Simon's Town in those days were certainly a lot more fore-bearing than those of today, and especially so during the actual construction period when buildings reverberated to explosions, rocks periodically fell through their roofs and dust pervaded the whole town.  Obtainable from the Naval Museum at R250
South African Naval Events Day-by-Day - 2011
In this book Chris Bennett has tried to emulate that achievement.  Although not yet a page per day it is  This book provides much of that sought after information and detail. 
R120.00 or on order for R120 plus R20 postage and packaging (for a South African address – cost of postage overseas on request)


NO REWARD FOR DUTY
A Biographical Note on the life and career of
Captain G.V. Legassick DSC RD RNR
By Captain Ian Manning SM MMM South African Navy [Ret]

Official History of the South African Naval Forces during the Second World War (1939-1945).  By Commander H R Gordon-Cumming.
A comprehensive history of the SANF during the Second World War. It was resurrected by the Naval Heritage Trust and eventually published in 2008.
Soft cover A4 size 372 pages.  Price R250.00 (Members R150.00)

Island at War.  By Lionel Crook
The book tells of the Coast Gunners themselves, the intrepid women who operated the range finding and plotting instruments, the Woman's Auxiliary Naval Service (Swans) who watched over the anti-submarine fixed defences; the men of the Seaward Defence Forces who manned the degaussing depot, and not least the untold story of the hundreds of Coloured anti-aircraft, coast gunners and infantrymen who were trained on the Island and either formed part of its defences, at a time when there was a serious threat of Japanese invasion or served 'Up North' with the South African forces in North Africa.
Soft cover A4 size 366 pages. Price R250.00 (Members R150.00)



This is the amazing story of Ray's adventures while serving in the wartime Royal Navy, worthwhile and lively reading to the end. Even more remarkable in that Ray was able to dictate his memoirs to tape between the ages of 80 and 83.
There are two underlying themes. First, the tale is set against the all pervading backdrop of the Second World War.  While on board HMS Dorsetshire although Ray came close to action in the South Atlantic, it was later when serving in destroyers and corvettes that he experienced action at sea in the Aegean and Mediterranean both during  minesweeping operations and whilst escorting supply convoys for the Allies' during their North African campaign.  Attacked and sunk? Yes, but I will not pre-empt Ray's story. 19 years old at the time, the horrors of war were grim, the sinking of one's ship horrendous, but in the more relaxed times at home port base waiting for action, or with a few days leave, life could also be good!
And this is where the second, and for me strongest, underlying theme of this book comes through: We share in these eventful times, as seen through the eyes of a 17/19 year old midshipman, later sub-lieutenant, then lieutenant in his early twenties. The excitement of going ashore in foreign ports, the wonderful hospitality given to the boys in blue by the 'expat' families, the girls, the parties. They lived life to the full! But as Ray concludes, these were the remarkable and often painful contradictions of war.
Barry Cullen, Cape Town, September 2013
Cost R130 for Members and R190 retail plus postage
Three Frigates
This book covers the story of the 3 South African Type 12 frigates named after South African Presidents, Kruger, Steyn and Pretorius, from the initial design selection in the mid 1950s to their disposal in the early 80s.  [The Author] has used a blend of official papers, Reports of Proceedings and anecdotes from those who served in the ships to produce a book that documents not just the story of the ships but also of the South African Navy during their service.
The Changing Shore
A new book "The Changing Shore" A History of the West Dockyard Simon`s Town, 1743 - 1996 by S A Myers is now available from Larijworks in Simon's Town. The cost of this very informative glossy book is R250. It is a wealth of information and tells the fascinating story of the first naval dockyard in South Africa. The book will also be available through Loot within the next week
The Troopship Mendi - The Black Titanic
Millions of men were involved in the Great War and countless numbers remembered and honoured with pride around the world.  However, my personal research shows that there are probably more souls forgotten because their stories have been lost in the fog of time, the 616 men of the south African native Labour Corps (SANLC) and the 30 crew who perished on the SS Mendi fall into that category.  This is shocking, especially when you consider this tragedy accounted for South Africa's single greatest loss of life in the Great War and its location just 11 miles from our British shores!
Nick Ward

This fascination book is an almost complete record of the badges of all the ships that have spent time in the Selbourne Dry Dock in Simon's Town.  Traditionally ships that come into the Dry Dock paint their ship's badges on the wall and touch up one other.  The dockyard has maintained this unique collection to this day.  It is more than likely the only Dry Dock in the world where this is still being done.  The author, John Wainwright, has made an accurate recording of the over 137, as at the year 2000, of the ships and their badges that spent time on the Dry Dock.
The story of the Mendi