Thursday, January 14, 2010
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Jannie Smit is my old diving buddy and if the J vd Walt was the late Johnny - also an old friend.
I seriously doubt your implication that they recovered a fortune - as they certainly didn't show it.
I have done some diving on a big wreck on the outside of Cape Vidal reef that is purported to be the Dorothea [See Beneath Southern Seas] on 2 dead flat days when all the sand had gone and we had 40ft of water with wreckage all over the rocky bottom, We were able to crawl all over the reef looking in every gully - but no sign of gold or any signs of concrete.
In the many years I dived on that coast we usually always had a dive on the outside of the reef and apart from one weekend - there was always sand.
And for all the sand to go [It is normally 10 - 15ft deep on the outside] is extremely rare. And there is far too much sand to move - by any means.
In the 60s two divers [Henk Viljoen and ?? Trosky - I think] spent a year camped there and never found the sand gone.
Besides I have done serious research on the D and the written history tells of her being dis-masted around St Lucia whereas the pic shows a ship with masts intact hard against the reef`s outer edge.!!!.
I find your story "Full of holes" and very inaccurate and misleading. Especially saying Kruger and the Dorothea were bound for England. Perhaps you don't know what Anglo - Boer war means? Like they would sail to the enemy ! Sure.
Do your history sir.
I suspect from your name that English is not your home language but that is no excuse for the shocking abuse of the English language in this piece. If you wish to publish get an editor who knows the language. It would be less painful to read.
In short this story is Crap.
Ship of Lost Treasure
Many stories surrounding the Dorothea have surfaced during 1898 and 2007. Nobody will ever know the truth. Three researches combined makes for interesting reading. Confusion set in because of this story's links to the Kruger millions.
Some where around the end of the Boer War it is believed that President Paul Kruger arrived in LM, now Maputo Mozambique, with a Dr. Kelly and heavily laden wagon. It is not clear how many and how heavy. Some eyewitness reports say that it was some sort of concrete sleepers or pylons.
Some where during the night, Dr. Kelly purchased a ship, almost a wreck, and called it Dorothea, loaded it heavily and departed for Port Natal during the next day. During the same night some eyewitnesses apparently saw President Paul Kruger boarded another ship for England.
The ill-fated Dorothea almost reached Cape Vidal when it had taken on water. The Captain put down the anker but the storm was to bad. He and the few crewmembers abounded ship in fear of their lives.
They found that the ship washed ashore the next morning along the coast of Cape Vidal as it dragged the anker during the night and where smashed in the days to follow along the rocks. The main mast and anker landed in the bay of Cape Vidal and most of the shipwreck is strewn along the coast for about 1.5 to 2.0km.
Many salvaging operations where foiled by the weather during the years to follow. The first apparent successful retrieval of relics, from the Dorothea, was made by Springbok Spear fisherman, Jannie Smih and divers Malcom Weise, Duke Visser and JC van Der Walt. This discovery was made in 1980. By this time any relics from this ship would have been worth its weight in gold.
The fact is that the Kruger millions is missing and some people retired early. How many Relics is still out there is un known and how much gold left LM with Paul Kruger will always be a mystery.
Story as told by:
George [AKA] "The Askew"
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