Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shipwreck survivors 5: wreck of Earl of Hardwicke 1863


This interesting report (Natal Mercury 4 December 1863) on the wreck of the ship Earl of Hardwicke clearly emphasises some of the difficulties found when a ship was entering the port of Natal during the 1850s and 60s and beyond.








2 comments:

andrew van rensburg said...

Thank you for the fascinating account. It is clear from the details the role of an Inquiry into the loss of a vessel went beyond proving negligence on the part of the crew or not. The Board focused on the length and size of chains / cables used, recommending a larger scale for Port Natal, endorsed by certification and inspections. This is what you call progress. Andrew

Mole said...

Thanks for your insightful remarks as ever, Andrew.