NOW YOU KNOW IT – HMS BIRKENHEAD & WOMEN
We all know the story by now about the infamous HMS Birkenhead that sank off the coast of Danger Point in Gansbaai in 1852. Of the 643 people only 193 survived.
What you probably don’t know is that the evacuation of the HMS Birkenhead was the first recorded instance where women and children was evacuated first. Abiding by the newly agreed evacuation protocol: “Women & Children First”
Today you can see the rocks where the HMS Birkenhead sank from the Danger Point lighthouse in Gansbaai. The wreck itself lies in 30 meters of water, around 1.5km from the nearest shore. As a dive site, it is only accessible by boat, with Gansbaai Harbour being the preferred departure point.
Have you ever visited Gansbaai? Do you like treasure hunts on the beach?
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