As many are aware, the street names in Cape St Francis are taken from ships than have met demise along the Tsitsikama coastline over the years through storms, dangerous currents, fog, and human error through the ages. Local Cape St Francis resident, Dave Bowman recently created a graphic presentation that charts most, if not all of these shipwrecks on a map of the coastline. Included in his display are interesting photographs and memorabilia recovered from the wrecks by several collectors.
Dave introduced his display to a small group off invited guests at the newly opened rum distillery and cheesery ONE330 last week. The display will remain on show at ONE33 until mid-January. So pop along to ONE33, have a taste of some rather unique craft rums produced by Rodney Milford and a taste of a selection of cheeses produced by his wife Gerda.
Dave, along with Pieter de Jong who was brought up along this ‘shipwreck’ coast related some interesting tales of the wrecks including the salvaging of HMS Osprey that was dynamited apparently to recover copper from its hull. Also present was wreck diver Craig Briggs who recounted recovering copper and zinc ingots as well as a brick with an interesting history. The brick manufactured in Glasgow was part of the ballast used on one of the wrecks that Craig recovered on a salvage dive. More itersting though is that is would appear it is is one of only two in existence, well on land anyway, with the brick being in a museum Bredasdorp.
After chatting with Dave after the event, SFT has decided to do a series of articles on the Shipwrecks of the Tsitsikama coast next year consulting with others knowledgeable on the subject.
Another good reason to visit ONE33 is in an event, the Summer Picnic Concert, being held at the distillery on Sunday 29th December. Performing at the concert are sisters Alexandra-May and Isabella Jane who some may remember from a concert at Cape St Francis Resort a year or so back when they rocked the audience with their modern country music. Isabella=Jane sadly won’t be performing her entertaining ventriloquism this time around, or maybe we can persuade her differently, but whether she does or not, these two lasses who have both performed internationally and are a must watch event.
Tickets are available at Kouga Print at R150 a person (a giveaway price to hear these lassies sing) and apart from the music the picnic will be offering all sorts of added attractions. Craft rum, gin and beer will be available and picnic baskets will be on sale. For the kids there will be kiddies food stalls. All proceeds go to St Francis Animal Rescue so that they can continue the amazing work they.
So come along, visit the shipwreck display and then listen to some outstanding music enjoying a day outdoors at ONE33.
ONE33 is situated at the corner of the R330 and Oyster Bay Road