Shipwreck Carcasses Strewn Around the Cape of Good Hope



Image: Dillon Marsh

Shipwreck of the BOS 400, which ran aground in 1994

They lie on the rocks like the carcasses of strange, beached sea creatures. Hulking wrecks of metal, tossed up by the ocean, slowly disintegrating in the wet, salty sea air. The water behind them may look calm in these photographs, but don’t be fooled: this is one of the world’s most dangerous coastal stretches for ships – as indicated by the broken relics that litter the shoreline or lie beneath the waves.


Image: Dillon Marsh

A ship stranded on the rocks

The original name given to the Cape of Good Hope was the “Cape of Storms”, and as the moniker suggests, it’s a place with violent, turbulent waters and notoriously treacherous gale force winds. The coast around the Cape is rugged and rocky but also spectacularly beautiful – although the crew of the many ships that have been wrecked on its shores could be forgiven for having missed that last point.

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