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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Highfields

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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.


Understand

Sonar scan of the wreck of the Highfields

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

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Marine life

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Suggested Routes

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Hazards

Diving the Highfields is especially tricky as she lies only a few meters north of the entrance channel to the harbour. 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.

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Equipment

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