Forgotten Shipwrecks of the Western Cape

Bookshelf: Some Michael Walker titles

Hard Aground: Memorable Western Cape Shipwrecks
Forgotten Shipwrecks of the Western Cape
Shipwrecks of the Far South

Forgotten Shipwrecks of the Western Cape
Forgotten Shipwrecks of the Western Cape

Michael Walker’s books are read like a conversation with an old sea salt over a glass of whiskey (or chocolate Steri Stumpie, whatever your preference). All of these books tell shipwreck stories – Walker is more concerned with the people involved, their bravery and heroism, and the way in which they responded to the events in which they found themselves. He covers wrecks from 1650 to 1950, and if you like a bit of backstory for your diving activities, these self-published books are a treat. He is a historian based in Kalk Bay and has also written books on the history of Muizenberg, St James and Kalk Bay.

Shipwrecks of the Far South
Shipwrecks of the Far South

Hard Aground was published in 2008, and both Forgotten Shipwrecks of the Western Cape and Shipwrecks of the Far South (which covers a lot of the wrecks we dive) in 2006.

You can find these books (sometimes) at Exclusive Books, or at Kalk Bay Books.

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Clare

Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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