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.
Standing at the rock below Something Good (the one with the hole through which the waves crash) and looking back towards Hobie Beach, Bird Rock is quite a prominent landmark in front of you. This photo was taken on a rough day with waves smashing over Bird Rock on the right.
A couple of weeks ago the sea was slightly angry one morning and as I was driving down Marine Drive I noticed that the waves out Pollok Beach way looking quite impressive. Grabbed my camera and headed over to Lovers’ Lane, snapping the waves smashing right over Bird Rock.
We all know Schoenies rocks! It also has rocks…
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.
Last weekend while on the beach I noticed this line of clouds moving over Port Elizabeth. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was a cold front coming in, but these clouds were moving away and this was the back of it. Was rather striking…
A hazy late afternoon on the coast at Seaview with an approaching thunderstorm
Flat Rocks was named so for the exposed reefs of flattish rocks that you find along this piece of Algoa Bay’s coastline. But when you visit at high tide there aren’t any visible flat rocks so you won’t have any idea what the locals are talking about.