Monday, May 23, 2011

Sacramento Cannon

At the end of the road at Schoenmakerskop where the Sacramento Trail starts is one of the original bronze cannons that has been salvaged from the wreck site of the Sacramento.  The Sacramento was a Portuguese galleon which foundered on 30 June 1647.  The 72 survivors who reached the beach set out to walk the 1300 km back to Mozambique, with only nine reaching Delagoa Bay (Maputo) and only four surviving the journey back to Goa (Far East).  In 1977 local divers salvaged 40 bronze cannon from the wreck and this one has been set up as a monument pointing towards the wreck site.

1 comment:

  1. I remember Dave Allen well. He live next door to me - Bless his soul.