Skeleton of the ship Kakapo - wrecked on Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town, 26 May 1900.
The Kakapo left Cape Town for Sydney on a misty night. Captain Nicolaysen saw Chapman's Peak and thought it was Cape Point. He turned sharp east but instead of cruising into False Bay he "parked" his boat on Noordhoek Beach.
The Slangkop Lighthouse (see [link]
) has prevented such mishaps from recurring since 1918.
Captain Nicolaysen ploughed so deep into the dune that his crew could step out of the boat without getting their feet wet! Today horse riders and visitors to Noordhoek Beach explore the skeleton of his boat.
The Kakapo shipwreck is one, of what must be very few, completely visible shipwrecks in the world...
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