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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/SS SA Seafarer

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Dec 16, 2021

The dive site SS South African Seafarer is a inshore recent wreck on a rocky reef in the Green Point area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

. . . Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/SS SA Seafarer . . .

  • -33.89666718.3966671 SA Seafarer: S33°53.80’ E018°23.80’ (approximate). 50 to 75 m offshore, slightly to the west of the Green Point Lighthouse

The position of the block (presumably an engine block) of the Seafarer is S33°53.965 E18°23.791

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

The 8000 ton Safmarine freighter SS South African Seafarer was wrecked in a north westerly gale on 1st July, 1966, in front of the Green Point Lighthouse. All crew and passengers were rescued on the following day by helicopter. Most of the cargo was lost when the vessel broke up and the sea bed resembled a junkyard. No hull structure is recognisable.

Specifications
Tonnage 8101 gross registered tons
Length over all 156 .21 m
Beam 20 .12 m
Draft 8 .53 m
Engines 3 steam turbines double reduction geared to single shaft.
Screws 1
Builder 1950 Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd., Greenock,

Fairly shallow, probably not more than 8 m

Geology: Pre-Cambrian sedimentary rock, probably Tygerberg formation of the Malmesbury series.

This area is exposed to the south west swell and the reefs are rugged. Be careful in the surf zone. It will generally only be diveable in a fairly flat sea. A north west wind will push up a chop which will make shore entry and exit uncomfortable or even dangerous, so check the weather forecast and don’t dive if a front is coming in. South easterly winds will only be a problem if very strong, and this can be forecast fairly reliably.

The site is more likely to be at it’s best in summer but there are also occasional opportunities in other seasons.

Paved public parking area.

SA Seafarer wreck

Shore dive: To get there park in the parking lot facing the sea in front of the lighthouse. To get to the sea you will need a rope or a ladder. The reason for this is that there is a drop of several metres from the promenade walkway to the rocks below. There are no steps around anywhere, so the only way to get down is by lowering yourself and your gear down.

Boat dive: This site can also be dived by boat. The site is about 2.3 km from the Oceana Power Boat Club slipway at Granger Bay

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