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Photos of a " wreck with diver " from the Maldives, and from the " Meisho Maru " sunk in 1982 at the Cape Agulhas, South Africa.

Wrecks are very attracting and always have a story to tell. The shipwreck had fatal consequences for the ship and all the people who were aboard at this time. Each wreck shows the level of development of a certain era. Wrecks are fascinating; if you approach a sunken ship, its dramatic fate becomes perceptible. At an inspection in the Arabian Gulf, once I was diving at a capsized jack-up platform in a depth of 35 metres. The new and still unused jack-up platform had capsized during the transfer to the building site when it was caught in a heavy storm shortly before reaching its destination. Through a tangle of wire cables I managed to get into a room full of equipment. Here was a bubble of air and I could lift my diving mask I was surrounded by an amazing silence, sometimes interrupted by undefinable sounds coming from the centre of the jack-up platform. After a short time I left the room again. The southern tip of Africa is a “graveyard of ships“. At the Overberg Coast there are at least 140 wrecks on a length of approximately 100 kilometres. Among them are also ships of the Dutch East India Company, as for example the “Brederode” near Cape Agulhas. The wreck, loaded with china, lies 65 metres deep and was found by Andre Hartman who had searched for years. Alone during the time of its existence, the Dutch East India Company had lost 246 ships. The “Birkenhead“, sunk in 1852 at the Danger Point, is a well-known wreck near Gansbaai. At its sinking 454 people died, only 184 survived. The shipwreck of the “Grosvenor” in 1782 and the fate of the surviving has deeply moved the people. The famous Grosvenor wreck at the Pondoland Coast near Port St. Johns has consistently been the centre of interest since Captain Sidney Turner had dived there successfully in 1880. The three master was a treasure ship and its history with the many salvage attempts is extraordinarily interesting. Strong swells and suddenly occurring storms with huge waves had been the undoing of many ships at the Wild Coast in the Transkei. Innumerable wrecks are lying at this coast as well.



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Meisho Maru 38 - Wreck at the Cape Agulhas
Meisho Maru 38 - Wreck at the Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 aground on Cape Agulhas
Meisho Maru 38 aground on Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 stranded on Cape Agulhas
Meisho Maru 38 stranded on Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 - Shipwreck at Cape Agulhas
Meisho Maru 38 - Shipwreck at Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 - Wreck at "Cape of the Needles"
Meisho Maru 38 - Wreck at "Cape of the Needles"

Fishing trawler Meisho Maru 38 accrued on Cape Agulhas
Fishing trawler Meisho Maru 38 accrued on Cape Agulhas

Japanese fishing trawler Meisho Maru 38 stranded at Cape Agulhas
Japanese fishing trawler Meisho Maru 38 stranded at Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

Lighthouse Cape Agulhas - at the southernmost end of Africa
Lighthouse Cape Agulhas - at the southernmost end of Africa

Lighttower Cape Agulhas
Lighttower Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 ran aground on 16 November 1982
Meisho Maru 38 ran aground on 16 November 1982

Meisho Maru 38 - aground at Cape Agulhas
Meisho Maru 38 - aground at Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 - final stop at Cape Agulhas
Meisho Maru 38 - final stop at Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 at Cape Agulhas
Meisho Maru 38 at Cape Agulhas

Meisho Maru 38 Ran aground at The tip of Africa
Meisho Maru 38 Ran aground at The tip of Africa

Diver on wreck
Diver on wreck

Diver on a wreck off Bandos
Diver on a wreck off Bandos

Remains of the Meisho Maru 38 at the "Needle"Cape"
Remains of the Meisho Maru 38 at the "Needle"Cape"

Wreck in the Indian Ocean
Wreck in the Indian Ocean

Wreck off the island of Bandos
Wreck off the island of Bandos




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