Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.

Difference between revisions of "Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Highfields"

From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search
(create new article using divesite template)
 
(add text from e-mail from G Whitford of Blue Flash charters (see discussion page))
Line 1: Line 1:
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]].
+
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
The dive site '''Highfields''' is an offshore historical wreck in the Table Bay area on the Cape Peninsula, near [[Cape Town]] in the [[Western Cape]] province of [[South Africa]].
  
 
<!--If the site is fresh water, or a cave, cavern, sinkhole, spring, river, lake or quarry this should be mentioned. If it is at high altitude the altitude should be specified-->
 
<!--If the site is fresh water, or a cave, cavern, sinkhole, spring, river, lake or quarry this should be mentioned. If it is at high altitude the altitude should be specified-->
Line 7: Line 13:
 
<!--[[Image:Map or aerial photo|400px|thumb|Map (or aerial photo) of the site]]-->
 
<!--[[Image:Map or aerial photo|400px|thumb|Map (or aerial photo) of the site]]-->
 
<!--why dive here? add a short note if the site is special in some way-->
 
<!--why dive here? add a short note if the site is special in some way-->
 
+
A British four-masted steel barque of 2 280 tons, built in 1892 by Richardson Duck & Co, Stockton, and commanded by Capt E.R. Dunham. Lost on 14 August 1902 after a voyage from Cardiff to Table Bay with a cargo of coal. She hit the SS Kaiser and sank quickly with the loss of nineteen lives.
 
===Position===
 
===Position===
 
<!--insert Lat/Long co-ordinates ° if available -->
 
<!--insert Lat/Long co-ordinates ° if available -->
 +
* S33° 53’ 07.9” E 18° 25’ 49.8”  (Bow)
 +
 +
* S33° 53’ 08.5” E 18° 25’ 48.0”  (Stern)
  
 
<!--Bearings:  
 
<!--Bearings:  
 
*(direction)° magnetic to (landmark)-->
 
*(direction)° magnetic to (landmark)-->
 
+
* She is just east of the No1 channel entrance buoy.
 
<!--Description of location-->
 
<!--Description of location-->
  
<!--This site is (not) in a Marine Protected Area (date). A permit is (not) required.-->
+
This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.
  
 
<!--[[Image:Image of whatever the site is named after.jpg|thumb|Caption]]-->
 
<!--[[Image:Image of whatever the site is named after.jpg|thumb|Caption]]-->
  
<!--===Name===
+
===Name===
The name "Site name" is derived from (derivation of site name)-->
+
The name "Highfields" is the name of the shipwreck at this site.
  
 
===Depth===
 
===Depth===
<!--Maximum depth is about (depth)m. and the top of the (shallow point) is about (depth)m. (Average depth is likely to be about (depth)m.)-->
+
Maximum depth is about 24m. and the top of the wreckage is about ??m.  
  
 
<!--===Visibility===
 
<!--===Visibility===
Line 31: Line 40:
 
===Topography===
 
===Topography===
 
<!--description of the layout, landmarks and geographical arrangement of the site-->
 
<!--description of the layout, landmarks and geographical arrangement of the site-->
 +
She lies in 24m and is fairly intact but she is up-side down so it is mostly hull plating that is visible, Around the sides there are a few places where one can see into/under the hull and her huge anchors lie just off the bow.
 +
  
 
<!--'''Geology:'''
 
<!--'''Geology:'''
Line 82: Line 93:
 
===Hazards===
 
===Hazards===
 
<!--Site specific hazards, entry hazards-->
 
<!--Site specific hazards, entry hazards-->
 +
Diving her is especially tricky as she lies only a few meters north of the entrance channel to the harbour. She is just east of the No1 channel entrance buoy. One needs to inform Cape Town port control of the dive and then devise an ascent system that prevents divers drifting south into the channel on ascent and while on the surface. A shot line placed on the bow (furthest point away from the channel) with its buoy attached to a second line to an anchor placed about 100m further north has proved workable. Another way is for divers to tie a sacrificial ascent line to the wreck which they hold onto during ascent and on the surface. They then let go of the line once the dive boat gets to them.
  
 
===Skills===
 
===Skills===
Line 89: Line 101:
 
<!--Equipment additional to what is considered basic for the region, recommended for this site and reasons if not obvious-->
 
<!--Equipment additional to what is considered basic for the region, recommended for this site and reasons if not obvious-->
  
<!--Back to [[Main article]] (optional return link to main article)-->
+
Back to [[Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Table Bay]]  
  
{{outline}}
+
{{geo|lat|long}}
 +
{{usable}}

Revision as of 04:32, 9 March 2011




The dive site Highfields is an offshore historical wreck in the Table Bay area on the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Contents

Understand

A British four-masted steel barque of 2 280 tons, built in 1892 by Richardson Duck & Co, Stockton, and commanded by Capt E.R. Dunham. Lost on 14 August 1902 after a voyage from Cardiff to Table Bay with a cargo of coal. She hit the SS Kaiser and sank quickly with the loss of nineteen lives.

Position

  • S33° 53’ 07.9” E 18° 25’ 49.8” (Bow)
  • S33° 53’ 08.5” E 18° 25’ 48.0” (Stern)
  • She is just east of the No1 channel entrance buoy.

This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.


Name

The name "Highfields" is the name of the shipwreck at this site.

Depth

Maximum depth is about 24m. and the top of the wreckage is about ??m.


Topography

She lies in 24m and is fairly intact but she is up-side down so it is mostly hull plating that is visible, Around the sides there are a few places where one can see into/under the hull and her huge anchors lie just off the bow.


Conditions

Get in

See

Marine life

Photography

Suggested Routes

Stay safe

Hazards

Diving her is especially tricky as she lies only a few meters north of the entrance channel to the harbour. She is just east of the No1 channel entrance buoy. One needs to inform Cape Town port control of the dive and then devise an ascent system that prevents divers drifting south into the channel on ascent and while on the surface. A shot line placed on the bow (furthest point away from the channel) with its buoy attached to a second line to an anchor placed about 100m further north has proved workable. Another way is for divers to tie a sacrificial ascent line to the wreck which they hold onto during ascent and on the surface. They then let go of the line once the dive boat gets to them.

Skills

Equipment

Back to Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Table Bay


This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!


Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages