Friday, March 12, 2010

Green Point lighthouse, shipwrecks, RMS Athens

The Cape Coast is not known as the Cape of Storms for nothing. Many a sailing vessel has come to grief along our coastline.

In this picture you can see the engine block of RMS Athens which still stands off Mouille Point since her demise in The Great Storm on 17 May 1865.

John Dimond wrote in his book on wrecks near Green Point Lighthouse that - a report in local newspaper, The Cape Argus, said "We have since learned that the vessel has entirely broken up, and that not one of her crew has come ashore either alive or dead."

From 1780 to 1966, Dimond lists 30 wrecks just in the area from Mouille Point to Green Point.

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