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Portuguese Cannon at Cape Recife
Port Elizabeth district, Eastern Cape

Date:1647 : 1993
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
34°02'25.25" S 25°32'01.89" E Alt: 9m

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Wording on English commemorative stone:

DONATED BY
COMMANDER C J ALLEN
30 JUNE 1993

IN MEMORY OF PORT ELIZABETHAN DAVID ALLEN
AND DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO PERISHED
IN THE PORTUGUESE GALLEON SACRAMENTO
WRECKED ON 30 JUNE 1647
THE 72 SURVIVORS SET OUT TO WALK
THE 1300 KM TO MOZAMBIQUE
NINE PERSONS SURVIVED TO REACH
DELAGOA BAY ON 5 JANUARY 1648

THIS CANNON LENGTH 469 CM MASS 2500 KG
COVERS THE SITE OF THE WRECK
IT WAS CAST IN BRONZE BY BOCARRO IN THE
PORTUGUESE TERRITORY OF MACAO, CHINA
IN 1640 AND IS ONE OF 10 SALVAGED BY
DAVID ALLEN AND GERRY VAN NIEKERK IN 1977

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All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.