A couple of weeks ago a number of containers full of export oranges fell of a ship in Algoa Bay during a storm and those oranges have now made their way to the beach, washing up along the Wild Side, Schoenmakerskop, Sardinia Bay and, in this case, landing up in a rock pool at Beachview. Unfortunately the time these fruit spent in the ocean means that they aren’t good for human consumption anymore and people are discouraged from picking them up to eat.
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.
We all know Schoenies rocks! It also has rocks…
The view of the coastline from the World War II Forward Observation Post at Schoenmakerskop. This historic building is now under threat due to a company wanting to mine the sand of the dune on which the FOP is located saying that it “isn’t a natural dune”. What a load of hogwash!
The beacon out at Cape Recife is one of two beacons that were used for shipping purposes before the invention of modern navigation technology. The second beacon is the lollipop beacon on Marine Drive where Admiralty Road and Marine Drive comes together. Ships sailing along the coast from the west had to line up the two beacons before they could turn into Algoa Bay. This ensured that they were well clear of Thunderbolt Reef at the point as well as the reefs inside the bay itself.
This week’s Video Friday post is another of Renaldo Gouws‘ aerial drone videos, this time of what is probably Port Elizabeth’s most special beach. Sardinia Bay. Enough said.