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When conducting research, one encounters certain interesting items. Hereafter follows a few items which is certainly exceptional to a degree.


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AEROPLANE
SHIP
SPECIES
WINE CELLAR
VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES
GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES

AEROPLANE

B-26 Botha


Drawing
Drawing
Drawings from Blackburn B-26 Botha

Blackburn B-26 Botha
Aircraft Type:Reconnaissance/torpedo-bomber/trainer
First Flight: 28/12/1938
Entered Service: 12/12/1939
Specification
Powerplant: 2 x 930hp Bristol Perseus XA radial piston engines
Performance
Speed (Kmph): 401 at 1675m; Cruise 341kmh at 4570m
Range (Km): 2044
Service Ceiling (m): 5335
Dimensions
Wingspan (m): 17.98
Wing Area(m2): 48.12
Length (m): 15.58
Height(m): 4.46
Weights
Empty Weight (kg): 5366
Maximum Take Off Weight (Kg)8369
Weaponry
Guns: 1 fixed forward firing .303in machine gun and two .303in guns in dorsal turret
Bombs etc: Internal torpedo, bombs or depth charges upto 2000lb
Crew: 4
Notes: 442 ordered in 1936. 580 built, type was underpowered and eventually used for technical training and target tugs. Withdrawn in September 1944.
Versions
ISole production model; Alternative 930hp Perseus XA's engines
IIProject only
Table from RAF Aircraft: B-26 Botha

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SHIP

Botha "Faulkner" Class Destroyer

Botha 'Faulkner' Class Destroyer Leaders


 

Chilean Almirante Class. Four funnels. In 1912, Chile ordered 6 large destroyers from J.S. White, of which 2 were completed and delivered before August 1914. Better officer quarters but the crews' were considerably below standard. At Jutland Tipperary was set on fire by the point blank fire of three German cruisers and sank, while Broke was badly damaged by the battleship Westfalen but survived.
The three survivors were returned to Chile after the war.

 
 

No Picture Available of this Class

 
Table from Warships1

A picture of a similar type of four funnel destroyer is shown below:
Pic
Photo from Warships1
Specifications
Botha 'Faulkner' Class Destroyer Leaders

Name Builder LD LCH COM Status
Botha
(ex-Almirante Williams Robellado)
J.S. White (Cowes) 1912-13 1913 1914 sold back to Chile 1920
Broke
(ex-Almirante Goni)
J.S. White (Cowes) 1912-13 1913 1914 damaged 20 April 1917
by German destroyers G85 & G42
Faulkner
(ex-Almirante Simpson)
J.S. White (Cowes) 1912-13 1913 1914 damaged 20 April 1917
by German destroyers G85 & G42
Tipperary
(ex-Almirante Riveros)
J.S. White (Cowes) 1912-13 1913 1914 sunk 1 June 1916 at Jutland
by 3 German cruisers

Dimensions
Length(O/A) 330.8'
Length(W/L) n/a
Beam 32.5'
Draft 11'

Displacement
Full Load 2,000 tons
Standard 1,700 tons

Propulsion
Boilers 3 coal burning water tube
Turbines geared turbines
Horsepower 30,000 shp (design)
Shafts 3
Max Speed 31 knts (design)
Endurance n/a
Coal/Oil Bunkerage 200-407 tons coal
80 tons oil

Armament
Main Guns 6 x 4"(32pdr) QF (6 x 1) (design)
re-armed ./18-./19 with 2 x 4.7"  replacing 4 of the 4 inch
Light AAW 2 x 2pdr AA (2 x 1)
2 MG
Torpedoes 4 x 21" (2x2) tubes
torpedo range-10,000 yards @ 30 knots
2,000 yards @ 50 knots

Complement
Usual 202
Tables from Warships1

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SPECIES - Fiction

From STAR TREK VOYAGER
Kind
 
unknown
 
Species
 
Botha
 
First Contact
 
stardate 49037.2: Persistance of Vision
 
Visual Information:
a Botha
Pic
Background, additional information:

The Voyager encounters only one member of this species, who presumably are the Botha. No ship that entered their space ever returned, it is said.

It is very likely that this alien is a Botha: he and his telepathic powers almost capture the minds and bodies of the Voyager crew, and thus put an end to Voyager's journey home.

Everyone aboard became the victims of their dreams and desires. Only Kes in tandem with the Doctor was able to take the necessary measures to set the crew free. Kes destroyed the illusion created by the telepathic alien.

Then, the Botha - like his ships - disappeared, into thin air.
Info from Star Trek Voyager - Alphabetical Index - Botha

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WINE CELLAR

Botha Co-operative Wine Cellar
Located on the upper reaches of the Breede River Valley, Botha Co-op Wine Cellar lies in an area boasting a temperate climate with a relatively high rainfall. The cellar has produced several award-winning wines, including a Chardonnay, Hanepoot Jeripigo, Pinotage, Cabernet, Port and a Sauvignon Blanc. 20 000 tons of grapes are handled each season.

The Botha Co-op Wine Cellar is some 20km from Worcester on the Ceres road. It offers dry and semi-sweet white wine, red wine, dessert wine, sparkling wine and grape juice.

Cellar tours by prior arrangement, about 20 people per group.

Pic
Info FROM "Southern Africa Places"

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VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES

EUROPE

Botha in Saxony in Germany
This town is about 20 km. south of Leipzig, in Saxony, with the old (in 1882) name of Botha which is currently known as Rötha or Rütha.

Map of  Saxony
Map from German Empire - West


NORTH AMERICA

Botha in Alberta in Canada
52.20°N 112.30°W. 'n Photograph of the local primary school is shown.

Botha School
Photograph of Botha School


Botha in Virginia in the United States of America
About 38.20°N 77.55°W

Map - Virginia
Map from Expedia


SOUTH AFRICA

Bothaville - 27.22°S 26.38°E - in the Freestate in South Africa.
Situated in the northern part of the Free State and established in 1889 by a certain Theunis Botha.

Map of the  Free State
Map of Free State, RSA - Northern Region Map


Villages and Railway Stations

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GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES

CANADA

River
Botha River - Per National Geographic Web Page
Map of the  River
Map of the River
SOUTH AFRICA

Map of RSA
Mountains
River
Bothasriver, Cape - 33.18°S 26.31°E - just north of Grahamstown, map referene 7 (above)
General - Outside South Africa
There are quite a few places outside the country with a pronounciation or spelling similar to Botha and they can be viewed on the National Geograhic web page. Key in "Botha" and look at the following places:

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Date Last Updated: 9 July 2000
Date First Published: 9 July 2000

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