This museum is a tribute to Durban's seafaring history, and a reminder that Durban is still the busiest port in Africa.
Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life while also reflecting on the rigours and romance of lives lived at sea. Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience, with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels.
These exhibits are the steam tug JR More as well as the minesweeper SAS Durban and together with other exhibits like the Ulundi and NCS Challenger offer families and tour groups hours of exploration, fun and education.
The NCS Challenger is a small 5.8m yacht that was skippered by Anthony Steward in his journey around the world. He started in 1991, travelled 22890 nautical miles, and became the first person to sail around the world in an open boat.
Towering above NCS Challenger is the Ulundi, a coal fired, steam powered tug. It is the oldest surviving pilot tug in South Africa and began her working life in 1927 in Algoa Bay. In 1935 the Ulundi was bought by the South African Railway Administration and placed in service in Durban Harbour. Initially employed as a pilot tug and tow boat, she was later used mainly to transport labourers to various work sites around the harbour. She was retired in 1982 and was moved to her present location on the cradle at the Maritime Museum by floating crane.