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The Bruydegom is likely the same ship that was sent by the Cape Governor in 1671 to establish whether there were any landing places on the north-eastern side of False Bay. This expedition found a small anchorage in what is now known as Gordons Bay.

The Bruydegom served the Cape Colony for about 20 years, but she foundered after striking a rock between Meeuw and Skaap Islands.



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