Brunswick

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The Brunswick was an English East Indiaman of 1 200 tons, an armed merchant ship of 30 guns that transported goods between Britain and the East Indies. She was captured while homeward-bound on her sixth voyage with a cargo of sandalwood and cotton by Admiral Linois on the French vessel Marengo in 1805, and brought to Simon’s Town as a prize of war. It ran aground at Simon’s Town on 19 September 1805 after losing three anchors during a south-east gale. The cargo was sold along with the wreck in an auction. Most of the cargo was salvaged, although archaeologists have spotted the odd piece of sandalwood on the wreck site.

The Brunswick was about 40 m long and 13 m wide with three decks, built of wood with iron knees, iron and copper drift bolts, and copper sheathing.

The wreck was officially discovered and identified as the Brunswick in 1993. There is quite a lot of wreckage buried in the sand, which shifts with the seasons and weather to cover and uncover different parts of the wreckage. Steentjies annually uncover areas of the wreck to lay their eggs.

These areas are situated along the South African Coast and are accessible to the public and are known dive locations to the locals from in and around the area, please respect their local fauna and flora, remember limit your catch and don’t catch your limit.