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stepping stones of maritime history


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 Standvastigheid was an outward-bound vessel that broke loose - along with all nine other vessels in the bay - on the night of 16/17 June. This vessel was involved in a collision with the Rotterdam and the Schotsche Lorrendraaier after anchor cables were snapped in the rough seas. The remains of all three vessels washed up on the beach between the Castle and the Salt River mouth.

MasterJan Kole
People on board225
Length145 feet (44.2 m)
Tonnage444 ton (222 last)


The Standvastigheid lies beneath reclaimed land and has not yet been found.


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