Shipwreck Carcasses Strewn Around the Cape of Good Hope

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Image: Dillon Marsh

Nothing but debris remains.

Another dangerous specter said to lurk around the Cape of Good Hope was mythological being Adamastor. Written about by Portuguese poet Luís de Camões in his poem “Os Lusiadas”, Adamastor is described as resembling a menacing storm cloud. According to the poem, the phantom had to be overcome by sailors on their voyages of discovery around the Cape. It’s not hard to understand why some might have conjured up frightening monsters out of the dark clouds and violent waves, given how hostile such conditions proved to be.

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Image: Dillon Marsh

Rusting remains

Photographer Dillon Marsh took these amazing photographs between Cape Point and Robben Island, two notorious shipwreck sites. Cape Point has both the debris of wrecked ships and a collection of crosses to remind people of its deadly waters. Because of its height, the old Cape Point lighthouse was ineffective: it sometimes caused ships to move too close, while in fog it could be invisible. After the Lusitania, a 5,500-ton Portuguese liner, was wrecked in 1911, a new lighthouse was built.

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