Port of Cape Town, Table Bay, the Fairest Cape, the Cape of Storms, the Cape of Good Hope, the Mother City. All these names provide an idea of what to expect. Cape Town competes with Alexandria for recognition as the most famous port in Africa and is certainly one of the most beautiful harbours in the world with a magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain framed by the mountainous Peninsular.
The port is situated on one of the world's busiest trade routes and will always retain strategic and economic importance for that reason alone.
The port is situated in Table Bay at Longitude 18º 26' E and Latitude 33º 54' S and lies 120 n.miles northwest of Cape Agulhas (the most southerly point in Africa).
Cape Town was established by the Dutch on 6 April 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck arrived in Table Bay to establish a victualing station for ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) on their long voyages to and from the Dutch East Indies.
The port progressed steadily over the centuries and consists today of two 'docks' - the larger outer Ben Schoeman Dock in which lies the container terminal, and the older inner Duncan Dock containing the multi purpose and fruit terminals as well as a dry dock, repair quay and tanker basin. Cape Town also boasts an extensive yachting marina.
The historic Victoria and Alfred Basins - the original Cape Town harbour - now house the world famous Cape Town Waterfront but remain in use for commercial purposes, creating a unique attraction for the waterfront development. These are used by smaller commercial vessels including fishing and pleasure boats.
Arrival Cape Town, how many times have we seen this
I still go there fairly often but although the bar is the same it's not the same vibe. Surrounded by high rise buildings as well
Yes Reg, and it is still going strong!
I watched some Six Nations rugby there live - about 5 years ago. I was there attending a friends 90th birthday parties and the landlord (and his 91 year old mother) were at the party.
Good Ale and very good food And very good rugby too! I spent some time chatting to his mother, Margerite, who told me that she got her private pilots licence in 1938 and was trained by Amy Johnson. Another pupil in the course was a chap called De Havilland who later went on to produce the first commercial jetliner. Was she name dropping? Unashamedly but wouldn't you?
She thought Union Castle and all who sailed on her were 'simply wonderful darling ' I had to agree.