Public Use of Beach Shipwrecks on African Shores

Author(s): B. Lynn Harris

Year: 2017


Shipwrecks on  African beaches serve as archaeological field training sites, history classrooms for school children, tourist hiking, horse riding or driving trails, as fashion show props and as outdoor studios for film productions. Public uses of beach shipwrecks, often more accessible than underwater sites, has potential to enhance appreciation and management of global maritime heritage. This paper presents case studies in South Africa, Namibia and the Transkei. Examples include Kakapo (1900) on Noordhoek beach in the Cape, Eduard Bohlen (1909) in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and Jacaranda (1971) on the Wild Coast, each representing diverse stakeholder uses and management challenges.

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Public Use of Beach Shipwrecks on African Shores. B. Lynn Harris. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435184)


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