If you’re a captain of a Shipwreck . . . in the Namib Desert

“If you’re a captain of a shipwreck, I’ll be first mate to your shame ”

(Lyrics of Neil Diamond song) 

Eduard Bohlen Shipwreck, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Many thoughts run through one’s mind at first by visiting the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.

The only way to visit, is by joining a licensed Tour Operator and you hope it will stay like that forever. Miles and miles with no humans in sight. Pristine landscapes of sea and sand dunes, unspoilt , groups of small animals, birds and rich marine life.

Sad as the scene may seem at first, while you wander around and wonder what happened to the unfortunate passengers, slowly but surely the shipwreck, on a backdrop of red sand dunes, awakens the artist in you. Suddenly you see yourself as the next JMW Turner or Claude Monet , desert style … rather not?

Traveller style…  the camera tells the story.

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History : The ship was a 2,272 gross ton cargo ship with a length of 310 feet. In September 1909, it ran aground in thick fog and wrecked at Conception Bay while on a voyage from Swakopmund to Table Bay.  This wreck is said to symbolise the loneliness of Namibia’s coast best. Its remains lie rusting in the sand, partially buried. The wreck was featured in the 2011 television series Wonders of the Universe.

Facts : Name: Eduard Bohlen : Owner: Woermann-Linie, Hamburg : Route: Hamburg – West Africa
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg : Completed: January 1891
Fate: Wrecked, 5 September 1909 : Type: Passenger/cargo ship : Tonnage: 2,272 GT : Length: 310 ft 6 in (94.64 m)
Beam: 38 ft 1 in (11.61 m) : Speed: 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph) Capacity: 32 first class and 14 second class passengers

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