Shipwrecks on Our Coast – References and Further Information


The digital update of this article is based on the original article written by the late John & Margaret Kettlewell and checked by Colin Urquhart.

This article has had further input from Dave Bowmer who kindly supplied the map he developed and photos he displays in The Maritime Museum in Cape St Francis. This museum also holds many artifacts linked to shipwrecks in our area.

Thank you to Peter de Wet and Inéz Rossouw for the photos

This article is mostly an anecdotal record of events. It is a combination of fact and stories collected from books, newspaper articles, local sources, and in some cases from eye witnesses. What this article hopes to achieve is to make walks and travels along our shores more interesting and fun.


Behrens, Bert. (2009). Old JeffreysBay Lest we Forget. Jeffreys Bay. GSB Publishers.

Crampton, H. (2004) The Sunburned Queen. Johannesburg. Jacana

Turner, M. (1988) Shipwrecks & Salvage in South Africa. Cape Town. Struik.

Urquhart, Colin. Algoa Bay in the age of sail. A Maritime History (1488 – 1917). Port Elizabeth. Blue Cliff Publishing 

Urquhart, Colin.(2011) The Coast of Storms–The Maritime Story of the Kouga/Tsitsikamma Region of South Africa. Port Elizabeth. Blue Cliff Publishing 




NSRI  Station 21 St Francis Bay, with grateful thanks for the loan of their scrapbooks.

George Bell, from an article he wrote on visits and salvage work on wrecks.

Guy Mc Donald, from research work he did at the State archives, Cape Town on various wrecks.

James & John Melville filled many gaps with their local knowledge of certain wrecks and of the people involved in their salvage.

Emmie Rademeyer. for valuable verbal information and stories about wrecks on Rademeyer and adjoining properties.

Nico Rademeyer. from an article he wrote for his school magazine in 1960 when he was at Nico Malan, Humansdorp.

Bayworld,  Port Elizabeth for the detailed information on the wrecks on our coast