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More from our 2012 vacation to South Africa ..a visit to the Danger Point Lighthouse .... a very dangerous coast for ships ...many ships where wrecked there ... at this point was HMS Birkenhead wrecked !

From Wikipedia,
HMS Birkenhead, also referred to as HM Troopship Birkenhead or steam frigate Birkenhead,[3] was one of the first iron-hulled ships built for the Royal Navy.[4] She was designed as a frigate, but was converted to a troopship before being commissioned.[1]

On 26 February 1852, while transporting troops to Algoa Bay, she was wrecked at Danger Point near Gansbaai on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. There were not enough serviceable lifeboats for all the passengers, and the soldiers famously stood firm, thereby allowing the women and children to board the boats safely. Only 193 of the 643 people on board survived, and the soldiers' chivalry gave rise to the "women and children first" protocol when abandoning ship, while the "Birkenhead drill" of Rudyard Kipling's poem came to describe courage in face of hopeless circumstances.
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Jan 06 2013 15:25 GMT mcdonegal1 PRO
Worth the climb :)
Jan 08 2013 05:43 GMT Annamaria
A great view!!
Jan 08 2013 16:12 GMT martini957
Very interesting

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