Watched Ray Mears this morning. Interesting coverage of the rescue of the crew and passengers from the Dunedin Star - shipwrecked on the skeleton coast.
Went to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund in the 70s. Easy to see why it is called the skeleton coast.
I sailed on Dunedin Star, the second, in 1956. My brother, he of the Aspinalls Cambrinus Craft Brewery,Merseyside, purveyor of the finest real Ales to the Northern Shires, went on an adventure expedition holiday to Namibia and the Skeleton Coast, He came across the remains of Dunedin Star in the sand dunes., just the boilers and engine blocks. about a mile or so from the beach, The sea is receeding there or the sand is moving out to sea, either way.
Six years ago we went to Namibia on the Caronia, to Walvis Bay and had a trip up the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund, the highest sand dunes in the world there. very interesting. unfortunately I didnt get a chance to get to the remains of the Dunedin Star.
It was a shipwreck of incredible hardship, and it took a about four weeks to rescue the survivors.
I knew there'd be specialist knowledge available.
Try this link for the story and photos of the ship and wreck with the other rescue ships.
I sailed on her sister ship, New Zealand Star, in 1953
here is a photo of the ship awash near the beach and a photo of the remains in 2009 a long way from the sea.
Here are photos of Dunedin Star 2nd. built 1950, and middle photo of the New Zealand Star sister of Dunedin Star 1st. built 1935
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