Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cannon Bay on the Sacramento Trail

In 1647 the Portuguese galleon Sacramento ran aground between present day Schoenmakerskop and Sardinia Bay with 72 survivors reaching the beach  and only nine making it all the way to Delagoa Bay (Maputo) in Mozambique.  That is a distance of 1,300 km on foot.  The ship carried a shipment of cannons and these spent the next 300 odd years on the ocean floor until they were salvaged in 1977.  40 bronze cannons were brought up and one of those cannons still stand in Schoenies at the start of the Sacramento Trail.  As you walk along the trail you pass through Cannon Bay where the Sacramento sank.  Hard to think these cannons were right there all those years. 


  1. Looks like a gorgeous spot, just from this image.

  2. Hi always your images from Port Elizabeth are beautiful and make me want to be there. This one is stunning!! Hope all is well with you and yours :o)

    1. Glad to see you around again. All is going well, just busy

  3. I wonder how many riches lay in Algoa Bay!