Joanna- the earliest English shipwreck on the Cape coast

The Johanna was the first English East Indiaman to be wrecked on the South African coastline. She was an English East Indiaman of 550 tons, commanded by Captain Robert Brown. The remarkable tale of the loss of the Joanna starts on the afternoon of 24 February 1681, when Joanna,, sailed from Downs in England, in the company of four other vessels- The┬áNathaniel, The Williamson, The … Continue reading Joanna- the earliest English shipwreck on the Cape coast

Beacons of Light on the Cape Whale Coast

Burning upon some hidden shore across the sea one night, A little reef, the captain said, he saw a shining light. He said there was a lighthouse there, where lonely in the sea, men lived to guard that moving light to trim the land for me. For me, for him, for every ship that passes by that way. I though it must be strange and … Continue reading Beacons of Light on the Cape Whale Coast