Looking down onto the harbour from the Campanile observation deck, one just can’t help but wonder where in the world these cars are being exported to.
The Port Elizabeth harbour achieved “port” status for the first time in 1825, long before a proper harbour even existed. Back then a harbour master was appointed to regulate and oversee the offloading of ships anchored offshore with goods and people being brought to shore in rowboats. An official surfboat service was established in 1836 and this was followed by the construction of the first jetty in 1837. It wasn’t until 1933 and the construction of the Charl Malan Quay (No.1 Quay, now used as the Container and Car Terminals) that Port Elizabeth had a proper port.
Due to security one can’t explore the harbour properly, but you can get to the harbour wall at the bottom end of Kings Beach. Just remember that you’re not allowed to walk onto the harbour wall because if you do you’re going to have a security guard on your case very quickly. The view back along Kings Beach with the beachfront in the background is magnificent though.
This is the last of the Campanile View trio of posts (There should have been four but it seems I never took a pic out the new big viewing window of the whole harbour). Unfortunately the south viewing window doesn’t open like the north and west windows, probably because the new lift’s doors is right by the window. Looking out the harbour dominates the foreground while the beachfront with all it’s recognisable landmarks are visible in the background.
One of the new features of the recently refurbished Campanile is a full-length viewing window on the harbour side of the tower. The window has caused some ruptions with historic purists but personally I think its a great addition. The window really gives the best view of the adjacent Port Elizabeth Harbour and all its activities.
We’ve never been to the fish shops on the harbour to buy fresh fish but a Saturday or two ago, in search of finding something else to make for dinner than just the usual stuff, we decided to go and have a look. We landed up in Fisherman Fresh (throw a left as you enter the harbour at the Baakens entrance and follow the signs). An amazing selection of fresh and frozen fish and other seafoods and so much cheaper than our local supermarkets and the Fruit and Veg down the road from home. We ended up having a snoek braai that evening and tried gurnard rather than hake for a change. Definitely a winner in my book and I will be back for sure on a more regular basis for more. The service and advise we received was also top notch so if you haven’t been and like to make your own fish, this is the place to go and buy it.
I had to stop at the Spar in Humerail this morning and stopped to admire the view of the harbour from the parking area. Some people wouldn’t term this as a beautiful view but I like to call it an interesting view. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera so a cell phone photo will have to do.
It’s sad to think that the Baakens River mouth was once a big lagoon where passing ships came to collect fresh water for their voyages yet today it’s a cement canal under the Settlers Freeway which flows into the PE Harbour. Some major revamping and restoration needed to give this river mouth any dignity again.
Have you ever had lunch at This is Eat at the harbour? Not? You’re only missing the best takeaway fish and calamari at the best prices in town. Last week we had a quick lunch time Geocaching event at the restaurant and as I’m on diet I had to sit and watch my friends eat. I was very tempted though…
Fly to Durban the other day I leaned over the Damselfly who was sitting by the window to snap a pic of the Coega Harbour down below. Not the best picture but a different angle from what you see passing on the N2