DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
December 27, 1794 the Portuguese battleship São José a Nossa Senhora das Mercêswas grounded in Camps Bay, Cape, with nearly 500 slaves on board. The ship was totally wrecked and about 200 slaves were drowned. Other sources mention that an earlier ship, also called São José, had been wrecked in 1622 along the Cape coast. About 1300 ships have been wrecked on or near the South African coast since the year 1500.