The gale of 17 June 1722 saw 10 vessels being wrecked during a severe north-westerly gale in Table Bay, with 8 of these vessels belonging to Dutch authorities. This event saw one of the highest losses of life in the history of the Cape in a single event, with 660 casualties. Over £250,000 of goods were lost, which is a vast amount in today’s figures!
The Lakenman was outward bound to the East. However, she wrecked near the Castle after she broke loose in a north-westerly gale on the night of 16/17 June. By dawn she had been washed up high and dry on Woodstock beach and one man was found to be missing.
|People on board||150|
|Length||130 feet (39.6 m)|
|Tonnage||600 ton (300 last)|
The Lakenman's specie is known to have been salvaged but it is likely that a lot more of the vessel was salvaged since it was grounded on the beach.
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