History of Port Beaufort

Province: Western Cape
Garden route
Coordinates:34°23′45″S 20°49′25″E
Area:2.71 km2
Municipality­ -Hessequa

Harbour and seaside resort

Port Beaufort is a small harbour/seaside resort on the North bank of the Breede River. It was named after Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort, the father of Lord Charles Somerset. The settlement is intricately connected to the story of Joseph Barry who arrived in South Africa in 1819. He realized that it would be easier to transport goods between the Overberg and Cape Town by sea rather than overland by ox wagon. Joseph Barry built a wharf and a warehouse at Malgas 40 kilometres up the river. Some ships sank at the river mouth so Barry commissioned a 150-ton steamship in Scotland called Kadie which would successfully navigate the route until 1865 doing over 200 voyages. Sadly it was also lost on the rocky Southern shore. Barry’s empire collapsed when the railway reached the area negating the need for the ships. The old customs house was turned into an inn.

Things to see and do in Port Beaufort

  • The Barry memorial is a little chapel and a National Monument. It was and was built by the Barry family in 1859 and is still in use today for services and weddings.  072 247 2895
  • The Barry Wool Shed with its interesting gables.
  • The postcode for Port Beaufort is 6666


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Useful Numbers in Port Beaufort

  • Police: 10111
  • Municipality;028 713 786824 Hours Emergency Number–084 014 1828
  • Traffic department:028 713 7817
  • Fire: 084 014 1828
  • Water: 028 713 7868
  • Electricity:028 713 7868
  • Ambulance: 10177- 028 713 4554
  • Post office; Agency at the Sands supermarket- 028 537 1800
  • Library: VONDELING MINI LIBRARY- 072 513 6605
  • Closest hospital;Swellendam Hospital-028 514 1141
  • SPCA: Garden Route SPCA-044 693 0824
  • Tourism – 028 537 1717                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           [/vc_column_text]

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