Shipwrecks around the Western Cape coastline

                                                 

The sea route around the Cape of Storms has been notorious since records began when the first Europeans began to explore the world. There have been hundreds of wrecks around the South African coast.  Some of them have become very famous such as the Arniston and The Birkenhead, and some of the others have just sunk into the crowded ship’s graveyard within the South African waters.

The weather patterns that give rise to these storms originate at the latitude of 40 degrees South (known as the roaring 40s) where the winds circle the earth in a westerly direction. The reason these winds become so strong is that there is not much land to slow them down.  From time to time a low-pressure system circulates and breaks off the 40s and heads towards the western coast of South Africa causing huge waves and thick fog. The storms lash at the coast causing the seas to become treacherous. This was the reason that the Dutch East India Company developed a safe harbour in Simons Town where ships would overwinter.

Ships had to make a choice whether to “hug” the coastline risking being smashed on submerged rocks, or head further out to sea and extend the journey by many days.

The number of wrecks along the Western Cape coastline attest to some unfortunate choices, and often just some sheer bad luck.

Some people have made an interesting hobby of diving shipwrecks, some even make a living from these unfortunate stories. There are even enterprises that do guided dives. Where a ship wrecked more than 60 years ago, the artefacts are off limits as the vessel and anything connected with it become the property of the state. No salvage or commercial exploitation is allowed at the historical wreck sites within 24 nautical miles of the coast. There have however been interesting artefacts that have washed up onto the beaches which hint at the treasures that lie on the sea bed.  the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp has collections on display of some of these treasures.

 In times gone by when ships wrecked close to the shore, the salvaged goods were often auctioned on the closest beach. There is a beach named Smits Winkel (Smits’shop) possibly from this time. Many early houses along the coast were furnished with salvaged goods such as sailcloth and ship’s furniture, sometimes roof trusses were made from packing crates and parts of the ship hull. See Arniston ( Kassiesbaai “crates bay”) Sometimes surviving sailors made their homes with the indigenous people and often married into the district, their knowledge and heritage are reflected in building styles adopted by the locals such as the whitewashed and thatched fisherman’s houses that can be seen in various villages along the coastline.

The sea route around the Cape is still the main route for the transportation of oil from the Middle East to Europe and North America. About 12,000 ships round the cape every year. It is estimated they carry over 30 million tons of crude oil. Wreckages of these ships can cause environmental havoc and SANCCOB is an NPO that has been set up to rescue sea birds impacted by oil spillage.

Below is a list of shipwrecks most of them (but not all) are recorded by the South African Heritage Resources Agency. The list is long but by no means complete, many more ships have been lost off the Southern Cape coast. Some of the wrecks listed do not have exact dates recorded but notable however are some significant dates. There were a disproportionate number of wreckages listed that happened on New Year’s Day, (I counted 14) whether this is due to bad luck or sailors’ hangover, there is no record.  Some years seem to have been unluckier than others 1879 was a bad year with 7 wrecks recorded. 1861, 1871, 1874 and 1877 saw 5 wrecks each, four in 1965, three the year the Birkenhead sank and there were 6 in 1996. October seems to be the safest month in which to travel by ship around our coastline, May and June being more risky of course there is January! There were 32 wrecks in January from the records I found.

 1673     The De Grundel was a Dutch wooden sailing vessel/Hooker that sank near Betty’s Bay on the 20th February and on the 23 August the same year The Zoetendal a Dutch wooden sailing vessel (Flute) wrecked off Struis Bay.

 1680   The Ternate a Dutch wooden sailing vessel wrecked at Hangklip on the 1st of July 1680

**1682   The Joanna a wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) wrecked 19km west of Cape Agulhas (Near Asfontein) on the 8th of June 1682 It was the first East Indiaman to be wrecked off the South African coast. A considerable amount of gold was on the ship.

                       

                            Schooner

1686   The Jupiter 1 was a Dutch wooden sailing vessel (Yacht) that wrecked at Struis Bay Cape Agulhas on the 1st of January 1686. The Nossa Senhora dos Milagros was a Portuguese wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) that wrecked at Struis Bay on the 16th of April

1722  The Schoonberg was a Dutch wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) that sank at Northumberland Point on the 20th of December

 1729  The Saxenburg a Dutch wooden sailing vessel (Provisions Ship) wrecked at Cape Agulhas on the 9th of January

 **1750  The Le Centaur a French wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) sank at the Ratel River mouth on the 19th of January

 1766   The Meermin a Dutch Wooden Sailing Vessel (Hooker – Cape Packet) wrecked at Cape Agulhas on the 22nd of February

  1780   The Mentor was a Dutch wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) that wrecked at Cape Agulhas on the 5th of January

  **1783     The Nicobar a Danish wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) wrecked at Ratel River Mouth on the 11th of July 1783

   **1785     The Brederode a Dutch wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) struck a reef off Cape Agulhas on the 3rd May

1789     The HMS Guardian was a 44-gun Royal Navy Roebuck class ship that was badly damaged by an iceberg. It sailed 1900 km to the Cape where it was deliberately scuttled on the24 December 1789

1794   La Jardiniere was a French wooden sailing vessel that sank at Zoetendalsvlei Struis Bay on the 1st of January and  The São José Paquete Africa was a Portuguese slave ship that was wrecked on the rocks off  Cape Town on 27 December. Over 200 slaves drowned. The wreck was rediscovered in the 1980s but was only positively identified in 2015.

 1796     The Lord Hawkesbury was a British wooden sailing vessel (Whaler) that wrecked at Zoetendalsvlei (Struis Baai on the 26th of May

1799     The HMS Sceptre was a 64-gun third-rate ship from the Royal Navy line that was blown ashore in Table Bay by a gale on the 5th of November. There were heavy losses.

 1803      The John a British wooden sailing vessel (Brig) that wrecked at De Kelders on the 16th of September

Brigantine

1806    The Staaten Generaal a Batavian republic,renamed Bato. On returning to the Cape she was found to be in a bad condition and turned into a gun platform and anchored in Simon’s Town to guard the approach. After the battle of Blaauwberg, she was scuttled to prevent her from falling into enemy hands in January 1806.

1809       The Edward a British wooden sailing vessel sank at Zoetendalsvlei & Schoonberg Bay (Agulhas )

**1815       Arniston was a British wooden sailing vessel (Barque) that wrecked North of Arniston on 30 May

1822      The Grace a British wooden sailing vessel that wrecked Near Ratel River Mouth on the 1st of January 1822

1826       The Martha was a British wooden sailing vessel (Brig) that wrecked at Martha Point Arniston on the 24th of September

1828     The Meridian was a British wooden sailing vessel (Brig) that wrecked East of Silverstrans Bay on the 19th of May.                                                                         

1829       The Phoenix was a Dutch East India merchant vessel that was wrecked near Simon’s Town on 19 July. The Jessie a British wooden sailing vessel sank near Ratel River on the 7th of October the same year.

1831      The George was a wooden sailing vessel (Cutter) that wrecked at Dyer Island on the 13th of May

Cutter

 1834      The Linnaeus was a British wooden sailing vessel (Barque) that hit a Reef off Dyer Island on the 16th of January. The Locust was a South African wooden sailing vessel (Brig) that sank at Breede River Mouth on the 2nd of September in 1834

 1836  The Skerne a wooden sailing vessel (Brig) ran aground on an inside bar on the Breede River on the 14th of June. The Doncaster a British Barque sank at the Ratel River mouth on the 17th of July 1836

 1838    The Duke of Northumberland a British wooden sailing vessel (East Indiaman) wrecked at what is now named Northumberland Point (Struis Bay) on the 25th of August 1838

  1840    The Venerable was a British wooden sailing vessel (Brig) that wrecked off Struis Bay on the 22nd of February. The La Lise was a French wooden sailing vessel (Cargo Ship) that sank near St Mungo Point, Struis Bay on the 9th of March. The Malton was a British wooden sailing vessel that sank at Walker Bay on the 18th of October

1841    The Sir William Heathcote was a British wooden sailing vessel (Brig) that hit a sandbank (opposite Mrs Dunn’s House) on the 15th of April 1841. No information on where Mrs Dunn’s house was.

1842    The Waterloo was a British convict ship that was driven ashore in Table Bay on the 28th August along with the troop transport ship, The Abercrombie Robinson.

1843     The Don-La-Toinla was a wooden sailing vessel that sank at Taljaners Bay Arniston on the 1st of January

1844    The Flamingo a wooden sailing vessel sank at Schoonberg Bay (Struis Bay on the 3rd of September.          The John and James a British wooden sailing vessel (Barque) wrecked at Danger Point on the 1st of September 1844  The St Mungo a British wooden sailing vessel sank at St Mungo Point Cape Agulhas on the 20th of September.

1845   The Port Fleetwood a British wooden sailing vessel (schooner) wrecked at Struis Bay on the 5th of January.  The Princeport Reef was a British sailing ship that wrecked off Dyer Island on the 19th of March in 1885

 1846        The Gentoo was an American wooden sailing vessel that sank at Northumberland Point Struis Bayon the 29th of April. The  Fleetwood a British sailing vessel sank at Struis Bay on the 15th of September 1846

 1847         The Geortryder wrecked at Cape Agulhas on the 15th of March. The Isaac was a sloop that sank off Struis Bay on the 6th of March 1847

  1848      The  Harriet Lee a British Schooner hit a sandbank on the bank of Breede River on the 8th of March, and The Maid of the Thames was a wooden sailing vessel that sank at Skipskop on the 1st of January that year.

   1849      The Claudine a British barque sank at Martha Strand near Ryspunt  Arniston on the 21st of February.

  1850      The Duchess of Buccleugh a British barque sank near the Ratel River Mouth on the 13th of June.

   **1852    The Birkenhead was a British rock iron paddle steamship/frigate that wrecked on a submerged rock near Gansbaai on the 26th of February. The Bodiam Castle a British wooden sailing vessel (Schooner) wrecked at Struis Point on the 13th of August.  The Juno was a Dutch sailing vessel that wrecked at Cape Agulhas Point directly below the lighthouse on the 2nd of March and  The Montgomery was an American vessel that sank at Cape Agulhas on the same day

1853     The Barbara Gordona, a British wooden sailing vessel was wrecked at the Ratel River on the 5th May. TheSophia was a British wooden sailing vessel /Schooner that wrecked at Witsand two days later.

 1854       The Arfron, was a German sailing vessel (brig) wrecked at the East bank of Breede River Mouth on the 7th January.The Cancellor a British wooden sailing vessel sank at Martha Strand Arniston on the 12th of September and The Drei Thurne was a German Brig that sank at Struis Point on the 30th of December that year.

  1856      The Equator was a British sailing vessel that wrecked at Struis Bay on the 7th of February  and The Japarra was a Dutch barque that sank off Quoin Point on the 3rd of October, Twowooden sailing vessels both wrecked on the Southern Cape coast Barrys 1 at Struis Bay on the 4th of April1848 and Barrys 2 on a Bar of Breede River Mouth on the 5th of July 1857

 1857      On the 1st February 1857 the  Albert a South African wooden sailing vessel/ Schooner wrecked off Danger Point and The Peacock a sailing vessel/cutter sank at Uilenkraal Riversank on the 8th of May.

 1858      The Onward was a sailing vessel/schooner that sank near Zoetfontein Cape Agulhas on the 14th of January 1858

 1859         The Atlas was a Dutch wooden sailing vessel/barque) that wrecked at Atlas Reef near Martha Duinen Arniston on the 18 January and The Osmond was a Danish brig that sank at the Breede River on the 1st of June..

1860      The Otto was a Russian sailing vessel that wrecked near Otter Bay Struis Bay on the 20th of January and   The Scotland a British ship wrecked at Montgomery Point Cape Agulhas on the 27th of June. and The Underley wrecked Between Agulhas and Quoin Point on the 24th of December.

1861    The Port Beaufort hit a bank of the Breede River on the 1st of January and alsoThe Ellen a British wooden sailing vessel/barque wrecked at Struis Point on the same day, The Miles Barton a British wooden sailing vessel wrecked on what is now called Miles Barton Reef near Arniston on the 8th of February and  The Star of the East a British wooden sailing vessel wrecked at Ryspunt, Struis Bay on the 10th April. The Waldensian was a British iron screw steamship/coaster that wrecked at Bulldog Reef, Struis Point on the 13th of October

1863      The Willem de Zwyger, which was a Dutch wooden sailing vessel/barque was wrecked off Martha Point near Arniston on the 30th of March and The Evelyn a South African Wooden Sailing Vessel/Schooner hit Sunbeam Rock on the 18th of December.

1864         The Lucy a South African rock sailing vessel/brig wrecked at Birkenhead on the 16th of February  in1864

1865    The Eastern Province a British iron screw steamship sank near Ratel River Mouth on the 26th of June, The Kadie a South African iron screw steamship ran aground on the West bank of the Breede River on the 17th of November and The Ethelrida a British sailing vessel/Barque sank at Skipskop on the 30th of November.

Iron screw vessel

 1868      The  Borderer a British Iron vessel struck the Middle Blinder of a Reef off Struis Point on the 27th of October.

1869        The Eastern Empire wrecked at Struis Point on the 26th of Juneber 1869,  The Sparfel was a French schooner that wrecked off Struis Point on the 4th of September 1869 and The Amersham a British sailing vessel/barque wrecked West of Struis Point on the 19thy of September

1870     The Hemba was an iron vessel that wrecked off Struis Bay on the 14th of September.        

1871     The Queen of the Thames was an Australian iron screw vessel/sailship wrecked at Ryspunt/Skipskop  Arniston on the 18th of March, La Souvenance a French wooden sailing vessel sank off Quoin Point on the 19th of May,  The Convenance wrecked at Struis Bay on the 22nd of May 1871,  The Hecuba wrecked off Northumberland Point Struis Bay on the 17th of July and  The Mackay De Mond a British barque sank 1.5km from Heuningnes River on the 12th of September.

1872    The Maggiewrecked West of De Mond, Struis Bay on the 1st of January and the Stella a sailing vessel/schooner wrecked near Port Beaufort on the 30th May 1872

1873        Elizabeth A Oliver an iron-framed wooden sailing vessel (barque) wrecked at Struis Bay on the 14th of January.

 1874 On 24 March 1874 the Albatross a Norwegian sailing vessel/schooner wrecked off Danger Point, The Minnie was a South African sailing vessel that wrecked at the Breede River on the 8th June, C P was a French barque that wrecked at Struis Bay on the 5th of October, The Cospatrick was a British wooden 3-masted full-rigged sailing ship that caught fire and sank on the 17 November 1874 just South of the Cape 369 lives were lost, The Momina Zino was an Italian sailing vessel/barque that wrecked at Klippestrand, Arniston on the 25th of November 1874.                                             

1876     The Edie Waters was an American sailing vessel/schooner that wrecked off Celt Bay on the 10th of January. The iron steam troopship SS Saint Lawrence was wrecked on Great Paternoster Point. Bound for Cape Town. She was carrying the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Buffs. Fortunately, no lives were lost

1877        The Emeliawas a British schooner that sank North-east of Dyer Island on the 3rd of February, The R P Buck was an American barque that sank West of Agulhas on the 4th of April 1877, The Charmer a British wooden sailing vessel/full-rigged ship)  wrecked at the North West Point of Dyer Island on the 24th of August, The Piccadilly was a British wooden sailing vessel that wrecked at Celt Bay (near the cave) on the 5th of November 1877 and  The Marie Elise was a French sailing vessel that sank 3 days later on the t on the 8th of November at Ryspunt.                                          

1878        The River Plate was a schooner that sank at Buffeljags River Mouth on the 13th of May 1878                                           

1879           The Mathilda was a schooner that ran aground at Port Beaufort on the 1st of January,  The Racer was a British Brigantine that sank 9 miles off Quoin Point on the 27th of January. The Eagle Wing was a British schooner that sank off Quoin Point on the 22nd of February     The Clyde was a British iron screw steamship that hit a reef 1km north of Dyer Island on the 3rd of April  The Elise was a German schooner that sank at Struis Bay on the 12th of June 1879  The Contest sank at Cape Agulhas on the 1st of July  and The Pisa was an Italian Barque that wrecked at the Bot River Mouth on the 18th of August that year

   1880      The Bates Family was a steamship that wrecked South-west of Agulhas on the 2nd of September 1880                                               

*** 1881    The Eliza & Ann sank at Struis Bay on the 21st of September 1 , The Cape of Good Hope was a South African sailing vessel that sank at Port Beaufort on the 24th of November 1881

1881 The Phoenix was found stuck on the rocks at Noetzie Beach. The ship was deserted and the last entry in the logbook had been written five years previously. It had been abandoned out at sea and somehow blown or brought in on the tides to the beach. There is no information known about what happened to the crew.

1882      The Louise Scheller a German barque wrecked at Hangklip on the 6th of June The Gloria Deo an Italian barque sank at the Ratel River Mouth on the 29th of June 

1883        The Kolstropa German schooner sank off Dyer Island on the 11th of May, The Hansa was a German sailing vessel that sank off Granger Bay on the 3rd of June and The Umzimkulu was a British iron screw steamship/coaster wrecked at the Breede River mouth on the 16th of June.

1885      The Wigtonshire, a British iron sailing vessel/barque wrecked off Atlas Reef  Klippestrand  Arniston on the 7th of January 1885

1888      The Trevelyn was a sailing vessel British emigrant ship that wrecked South-west of Agulhas on the 6 May and The Adele a South African sailing vessel/schooner was wrecked at Dyer Island on the 21st of May.

 1889          The Mary was a British cutter that wrecked at Storms River Mouth on the 8th of July and The South American, a wooden sailing vessel sank at Struis Bay on the 17th of September 1889

1892      The Galinaa sailing vessel sank at Danger Point on the 1st of January .On the 28th of February in 1892 The Alcestis, a British steel screw steamship wrecked at Agulhas.                                   

1895         The Dundrennan a British iron vessel sank at Struis Point on the 6th of April 1895

1895        The Greystoke Castle a British iron vessel sank at Martha Point on the 6th of June 1896                                   

**1900      The Kakapo was a British 665-ton schooner-rigged steamship built in 1898 by the Grangemouth Dockyard Company wrecked at Noordhoek on the 25th of MayThe Cumeria was a British steel steamship that wrecked off Quoin Pointon the 2nd of July 1900.

1902      The Clan MacGregor a British iron screw vessel sank off Martha Point near Ryspunt on the 30th May 1902, The Gustav Adolph was a Norwegian wooden sailing vessel/barque that sank off Kleinmond on the 28th of June and The Verona was a Norwegian sailing vessel that wrecked off Danger Point on the 11 August.                                               

 1904      The Lawhill was a South African sailing vessel/4-masted barque that sank near Cape Agulhas on the 1st of July 1904                                         

 1905     The Boela was a fishing vessel that sank off Danger Point on the 15th June                                           

1906          The John Patterson was a British wooden paddle steamship/tug that wrecked off Kogel Bay on the 1st of June, Star of the Peace a British steel steamship/trawler wrecked at Quoin Point on the 16th of November.   

Paddle steamer                                      

1908       The Star of the Isles a British steamship/trawler wrecked off Quoin Point on the 7th of February

1909      The Maori was a Shaw Savill Line steamship that was wrecked near Llandudno on 5 August 1909

1911       The Lusitania a Portuguese 5557-ton twin-screw ocean liner wrecked on Bellows Rock Cape Point. On the 20th of April 1911.

1912      The Bellona  was a British steel screw steamship that wrecked at Stony Bay on the 10th of June   The Tasmania was also a British steel steamship (whaler) that wrecked on the 13 of October 1912 near Danger Point                                              

1913       The Hektor was a Norwegian steel steamship that wrecked just South of Dyer Island on the 23rd of March and The Camphill a British steel screw steamship wrecked West of the Cape Agulhas lighthouse on the 27th of March.

1917      The Tyndereus was a   British steamship/troopship that wrecked off Danger Point on the 2nd of June 1917.

1919      The Edderside was a Norwegian iron sailing vessel/barque that wrecked at Cape Agulhas on the 5th of July 1919.                                                       

1920     The Imp was a South African motor vessel that wrecked at Hangklip on the 4th of June.                                   

1922        The tanker Texanita wrecked 23 miles southeast of Stillbaai on the 7th May 1922                                     

1925       The Sceptre was a British steel steamship/cargo ship that wrecked at Northumberland Point Struis Bay on the 22nd of May 1925                                    

1929        The Una was a South African wooden fishing vessel/Trawler that was wrecked at  Stony Point  on the 5th of January 1929.

1935       The Anker, a South African wooden steamship/trawler wrecked at Bulldog Reef on the 11th of February.

1941       The Hannington Court was a steel motor vessel (Cargo Ship) that wrecked 10 Miles off Dyer’s Island on the 14th of July.

**1942      The Thomas T Tucker was a Houston-built munitions carrier that ran ashore on Oliphantsbos near Cape Point on the. 27th of  November.                                                      

1943      The Queen Anne wrecked at Cape Agulhas on the 1st of January,  The Jimmy Le Roux wrecked at Dyer’s Island on the 28th of April and on the 25 May    Agwimonte an American ship wrecked at Cape Agulhas.                                               

1946      The City of Lincoln a British Steamer was a (Tramp) that wrecked at Quoin Point British on the 9th of November, The Swona a South African salvage motor vessel wrecked Near  The city of Lincoln wreck on the 8th of December, The Fynd was another South African motor vessel/salvage vessel that wrecked at Quoin Point on the 18th of December.

   1947      The HMS Thames, a former royal navy Mersey class protected cruiser that became famous when it was renamed as SATS General Botha. When it retired as a training ship, it reverted to its original name and was sunk in False Bay near Simon’s Town when it was used as a target on13 May 1947

**1948      The Esso Wheeling was an American motor vessel/oil tanker wrecked at The Point on the 5th of November 1948                                

1953          On the 10th May The William Hooland which was a South African Motor vessel trawler wrecked West of Quoin Point.

1956          The Adelfotis a Costa Rican steamship wrecked 1km south of Quoin Point.

1957       The Steenbok was a motor vessel wrecked at Agulhas on the 24th of June 1957

 1959       The Zuiderkruis, a South African motor vessel/fishing vessel wrecked off Walker Bay

1961      The Diana was a motor vessel that wrecked at Quoin Point on the 26th of January 1961

1964     The Debonair was a motor vessel that wrecked at Cape Infanta on the 27th of October  and The Alice, a motor vessel wrecked off Arniston on the 22 May 1964

**1965       The Malgas was a motor vessel that wrecked at Struis Bay on the 1st of January The Mary Ann was a motor vessel that wrecked at Cape Infanta on the 27th of February, The Nolloth was a Dutch coaster carrying a cargo of liquor. It struck a submerged rock, most likely Albatross Rock off Olifantsbos in April and the  Dolphon was a motor vessel that wrecked 3 miles off Quoin Point on the 23rd of September that year.

1966      The Jeanette was a motor vessel that wrecked at Quoin Point on the 6th of June                                                    

1967     The Plato was a motor vessel that wrecked at Cape Agulhas on the 25th of August                                      

1968      The Dirkie Uys a motor vessel wrecked at Cape Infanta on the 11th of March 1968                                       

1971       The Wafra was a Liberian motor vessel/oil tanker wrecked off Cape Agulhas on the 12th of March 1971 it caused a large oil spill. It was later refloated and towed out to sea and re-sunk to prevent further contamination of the coastline.

 1973       The Felicia II was a motor vessel that wrecked at Danger Point on the 4th of January 1973

1974          The Dorak was a motor vessel that wrecked on the 1st of January, The Oriental Pioneer was a Chinese motor vessel that wrecked at Northumberland Point (Struis Bay) on the 22nd of July The Bella Gambi a South African motorised ore-oil carrier wrecked at Cape Infanta on the 1st of August.

1975        Two ships wrecked on the 1st of January Stromgans a motor vessel wrecked near Danger Point and  The Frontalini a motor vessel that wrecked at Danger Point.

1976     The Highly 302, a Taiwanese motor vessel/Trawler wrecked between Randfontein and Walle on the 9th of June 1976

?? 1978        The Pantalis. A. Lemos was a bulk carrier that sank near Saldanha. in 1978

1979           The Shela a motor vessel wrecked at Skuins Bay on the 30th April 1979

 1982           The Jung Tai was a motor vessel that sank just West of Cape Agulhas on the 1st of January, The Sas President Kruger, a South African navy frigate sank in deep water after a collision with its refuelling ship the SAS Tafelberg on the 18 February and The Meisho Maru 38 a fishing motor vessel/trawler wrecked beyond the Agulhas lighthouse on the 16th November.

 1984      The Otori Maru 8 was a motor vessel that wrecked Near Quoin Point on the 19th of March.

1986      The MFV Harvest Capella was a steel fishing boat that ran aground on the Oudeschip Peninsula

Fishing Trawler

1990      The An-Hung 1 was a Taiwanese motor vessel/trawler wrecked at Holbaai on the 22 May and The Perekop was a motorised fishing vessel that was wrecked at Struis Bay on the 14th of July.

1993       The Augusta a South African motor fishing vessel wrecked East of Cape Agulhas on the 12th of April.**1994      The British Peer was a three-masted iron sailing ship that ran aground near off the Cape coast.26 June The HMS Pelorus was a British Royal Navy Algerine class minesweeper built in 1943. It was renamed SAS Pietermaritzburg in 1947, and at the end of its career was scuttled to make an artificial reef at Miller’s Point near Simon’s Town on 12 November 1994. The Andre Hugo was a South African fishing vessel that wrecked 11km south of Agulhas on the 16th of October and  The BOS 400 was a French derrick bay barge that ran aground on Duiker Point after breaking loose while being towed around the Peninsula by the tug  Tigr in a storm. 26 June.

2000     The Treasure was a Panamanian bulk ore carrier that developed a hole in its hull and sank under tow northwest of Table Bay, causing an oil spill that killed around 2,000 endangered African penguins.

  2001      The Ikan Tanda was a cargo ship that ran aground near Cape Town in 2001. It was re-floated and scuttled 320 kilometres from the shore.

  2009     On the18 September 2009 A Turkish bulk carrier carrying coal ran aground on Bloubergstrand.

 

 

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