Jeannette Grobbelaar died in November 2020.
Lighthouse Authorities recently informed me that Jeannette had passed away. She will be greatly missed.
A solitary figure, she was an amazing lady. Honorary Curator of
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum, Author of Cape Agulhas
Lighthouse: The First Hundred Years
1849-1949 as well as Golgotha van die Oseane – Skeepsrampe aan die Agulhas-kus.
She was also a good friend. Jeannette's friends were all like-minded researchers, authors and historians.
Along the shore I spy a ship
As she set out to sea;
She spreads her sails and sniffs the breeze
And slips away from me.
I watch her fading image shrink,
As she moves on and on, Until at last she’s but a speck,
Then someone says, “She’s gone.”
Gone where? Gone only from our sight
And from our farewell cries;
That ship will somewhere reappear to other eager eyes.
Beyond the dim horizon’s rim, resound the welcome drums,
And while we’re crying, There she goes!
They’re shouting, Here she comes!
We’re built to cruise for but a while
Upon the trackless sea
Until one day we sail away into infinity.
John T. Baker