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

Beachcomber for a day

One of the chief delights of living on the whale coast is that there is always an excuse to go rambling along the seashore in search of driftwood. To negotiate much of the tide line one need to be fairly agile. It is a matter of leaping from one slippery rock to another, of wallowing ankle-deep in sodden tangle, of wading through shell-strewn pools and … Continue reading Beachcomber for a day