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18 December 2006

Birkenhead Memorial (Danger Point)

Somewhere behind those waves, on hidden reefs below the surface, the British Birkenhead Troopship ran aground in 1852. It never reached its destination, Port Elizabeth, and was forced to give 450 of its 643 passengers to the seas. The ship was wrecked off Danger Point, where a lighthouse was established in 1895 (see picture below). This memorial is situated behind the lighthouse and looks towards the fatal reefs.