During the Knysna Oyster Festival, 2 navy boats were docked at Thesen Island. After reading about it on the website, we decided it would be a great outing for the kids.

They were all very excited when we drove there, only to have their hopes dashed when the boats weren’t open! Even though the website said they would be. It was still cool to take photos of them 😉

Anyhoo, we drove there again the next day after we collected our race numbers, and went clambering all over them.

The boys were fascinated by the big guns, and the uniforms etc. Pity I didn’t get a photo of the dudes in their dress uniforms with the swords.

It was so interesting to listed to the navy officer explaining about the mine sweeping they do off the coast. I had no idea they did that! They use robotic vehicles to relay image and video back to the ship to scan the seabed looking for mines. When they find one, they then send another remote controlled submarine looking vehicle with explosives attached… release the explosives next to the mine, and then they detonate when the little submarine returns to the boat.

Hilary having a Titanic moment… I’m sure there’s an image on Facebook somewhere 😉

It was an awesome little excursion, everyone enjoyed it.