The era of ship­ping

Talk of the Town - - Business Forum - ... with Bev Young

THERE is some­thing so en­dear­ing, when look­ing at old pho­to­graphs of ships in Wharf Street.

Re­mem­ber that Port Kowie was a vi­tal link to the trade route to Cape Town. Goods loaded in Eng­land, with a stopover in East Lon­don, would call in here, to de­liver goods, load fresh wa­ter and meat/fish, and then carry on to Port El­iz­a­beth. And pos­si­bly to Cape Town, be­fore turn­ing back to Bri­tain. In all cases, they were heav­ily laden.

Th­ese three ports were the worst hit in storms, over the cen­turies, re­sult­ing in the trail and nick­name of “the ship­wreck coast”.

Once steam was in­tro­duced, as op­posed to sail, there seemed to be a slight less­en­ing of the wrecks.

The ship pic­tured in the old photo this week was one of the first steam ships here.

FROM SAIL TO STEAM: A sign of the chang­ing times in his­tor­i­cal Wharf Street, with a steam­boat docked at the wharf

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