Monday, 22 June 2015

QUICKSAND.

The Advertiser (Adelaide) Monday 20 December 1909
mariner of long experience whom I met atPort Elizabeth made a statement whichhas an important bearing on the question.He said that there were many indicationsthat the Agulhas bank, which extends forsome distance from the southeastern andsouthern coast of Cape Colony, is a quicksand. If this be the case, it would swallow up the remains of any wreck that occurred in its immediate vicinity, and no trace of the disaster would remain to show what had occurred. 

It is very well known that the sea bed off Port St Johns subscribes to this description of quicksand - due in part to the vast amounts of silt deposited by the Umzimvubu River.



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