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The dive site '''(primary site name)''' or '''(alternative site name/s)''' is a (inland, shoreline, inshore, offshore) (sandy, rocky reef, coral reef, recent wreck, historical wreck) in the (locality name) area on the (topographical feature), near (City) in the (Region) of (Country).
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The dive site '''Brunswick''' is an inshore historical wreck) in the Simon's Bay area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
  
 
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
[[Image:Map or aerial photo|400px|thumb|Map (or aerial photo) of the site]]
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[[Image:Map or aerial photo|400px|thumb|Aerial view of the Brunswick and Bato dive sites. (Photo CDS&M)]]
 
===Access===
 
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This site can be dived from a boat or the shore.
  
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'''Shore entry:'''
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Parking on main road in front of Long low white block of flats at the bottom of Redhill road. Walk over the railway lines and down the jumble of old concrete sleepers which forms a breakwater. Depending on the tide there may be a narrow sandy beach. It is an easy entry and exit if swell is low. Climbing the breakwater requires some care, but should not be difficult for a fit person. The lower sleepers may be slippery and some will rock when walked on. Be careful.
  
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'''Boat dive:''' Be sure not to drop the anchor on the wreck. Anchor just downwind of the wreck to prevent damage. You are allowed to dive on the site, but it is an offense to damage the wreckage or remove any atrtifact.
  
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===Position===
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S34°10.880’ E018°25.607’
  
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About 120m offshore, approximately off the north end of the long white apartment block at the bottom of Redhill road.
 
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===Position===
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.
 
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==Understand==
 
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The Brunswick was an English East-Indiaman of 1 200 tons. While on a homeward-bound voyage with a cargo of cotton and sandalwood, the ship was captured by the French Admiral Linois in the Indian Ocean and brought to Simon's Town. It ran aground at Simon's Town on 19 September 1805 after losing three anchors during a south-east gale.
  
 
===Depth===
 
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Maximum depth is about 6m, average about 4.5m
  
 
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===Topography===
 
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The wreck lies in fairly shallow water (about 5m) The bottom is fine sand. The wood structure of the wreck has become broken up over the years and a large part is buried under the sand.
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The wreck lies at about 45° to the shoreline. The centreline of the debris field is at about 215° True, from S34°10.859’ E018°25.625’ to S34°10.884’ E018°25.603’, It is about 58m long, 17m wide and it extends over an area of about 800 m2
  
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Sand.
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===Conditions===
 
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The site can sometimes be dived in easterly winds as long as they are not too strong and the shore break is not too rough. The site is usually dived in winter, when it is frequently fairly calm as it is well sheltered from south west swell.
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===Facilities===
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None.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
 
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===Marine life===
 
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The wreckage is heavily overgrown by kelp and other seaweeds, and a range of invertebrates and fish.
  
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===Features===
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Historical wooden shipwreck. The wreckage is an archaeological site protected by legislation and may not be disturbed.
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===Suggested Routes===
 
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Swim straight out to the wreck on the surface, Dive and explore the wreck, then swim back to shore on compass bearing 330° magnetic.
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==Stay safe==
 
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No site specific hazards known.
  
 
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No special skills required. Suitable for night dives, preferably by boat from Long Beach, to avoid the climb over the breakwater.
  
 
===Equipment===
 
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No special equipment recommended. Reasonably good site for photography. A light is useful to look into crevices.
  
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Revision as of 12:23, 11 September 2009

The dive site Brunswick is an inshore historical wreck) in the Simon's Bay area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Contents

Get in

File:Map or aerial photo
Aerial view of the Brunswick and Bato dive sites. (Photo CDS&M)

Access

This site can be dived from a boat or the shore.

Shore entry: Parking on main road in front of Long low white block of flats at the bottom of Redhill road. Walk over the railway lines and down the jumble of old concrete sleepers which forms a breakwater. Depending on the tide there may be a narrow sandy beach. It is an easy entry and exit if swell is low. Climbing the breakwater requires some care, but should not be difficult for a fit person. The lower sleepers may be slippery and some will rock when walked on. Be careful.

Boat dive: Be sure not to drop the anchor on the wreck. Anchor just downwind of the wreck to prevent damage. You are allowed to dive on the site, but it is an offense to damage the wreckage or remove any atrtifact.

Position

S34°10.880’ E018°25.607’

About 120m offshore, approximately off the north end of the long white apartment block at the bottom of Redhill road.


This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.

Understand

Name

The Brunswick was an English East-Indiaman of 1 200 tons. While on a homeward-bound voyage with a cargo of cotton and sandalwood, the ship was captured by the French Admiral Linois in the Indian Ocean and brought to Simon's Town. It ran aground at Simon's Town on 19 September 1805 after losing three anchors during a south-east gale.

Depth

Maximum depth is about 6m, average about 4.5m


Topography

The wreck lies in fairly shallow water (about 5m) The bottom is fine sand. The wood structure of the wreck has become broken up over the years and a large part is buried under the sand. The wreck lies at about 45° to the shoreline. The centreline of the debris field is at about 215° True, from S34°10.859’ E018°25.625’ to S34°10.884’ E018°25.603’, It is about 58m long, 17m wide and it extends over an area of about 800 m2

Geology: Sand.

Conditions

The site can sometimes be dived in easterly winds as long as they are not too strong and the shore break is not too rough. The site is usually dived in winter, when it is frequently fairly calm as it is well sheltered from south west swell.



Facilities

None.

See

Marine life

The wreckage is heavily overgrown by kelp and other seaweeds, and a range of invertebrates and fish.

Features

Historical wooden shipwreck. The wreckage is an archaeological site protected by legislation and may not be disturbed.

Photography

Suggested Routes

Swim straight out to the wreck on the surface, Dive and explore the wreck, then swim back to shore on compass bearing 330° magnetic.

Stay safe

Hazards

No site specific hazards known.

Skills

No special skills required. Suitable for night dives, preferably by boat from Long Beach, to avoid the climb over the breakwater.

Equipment

No special equipment recommended. Reasonably good site for photography. A light is useful to look into crevices.

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