Shipwreck Hout Bay Seal Island

Shipwreck Hout Bay Seal Island

Shipwreck Hout Bay Seal Island

When the Bos 400 was stranded in July 1994, she was one of the most powerful crane barges in the world, capable of lifting 1200 tons and valued at over 70 million US$

Being a barge, she had no main engines and had to be towed to wherever she was needed.

At the time of the disaster she was being towed into Cape Town docks for a refurbishment..

Unfortunately this was carried out in the winter of 1994 when the seas were very rough and the tug towing her was under powered. Two other tugs were dispatched to help but they could not get any tow lines on due to the stormy weather.

The tow line snapped and she drifted onto the rocks in Maori Bay.

A huge effort was made to salvage her but unfortunately was not successful due to the hull being irreparably ruptured.

All 14 crew members who were on board were airlifted to safety.

Over the years much of the wreck has disintegrated.

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO