Monday, May 9, 2011

Amterdam wreckage

The area of Amsterdam Hoek at the mouth of the Swartkops River in Port Elizabeth got its name from the wreck of a Dutch sailing ship.  The Amsterdam was wrecked on 16 December 1817 on an return voyage from the East to the Netherlands.  The ship was beached after sustaining serious damage during a storm at sea.  The original find of the wreck was made in 1985 with the latest big piece being discovered in 2009.  Pieces of the wreck of the Amsterdam as well as artifacts are on display in the Shipwreck Hall of the Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld.


  1. I love things like that. it reminds me of the wreak of the Cairo on display in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

  2. this post actually inspired this post on my blog.

  3. I would love to visit Bayworld. Looks very new and exciting. Once, ages ago I stayed with the family of the Director of the PE Museum and always meant to get back to explore it properly.