Friday Photo: Shipwreck

Arniston Shipwreck

We went on a trip to the southern most point of Africa and one of the things we were recommended to visit was to go see the shipwreck. We weren’t given much context to the ship, and it has a rather sad history. The ship was embayed on May 1815. Only 6 of 350 crew members made it to shore alive after the crash. When she sank she was carrying 100 wounded soldiers, some wealthy passengers, 22 iron cannon, two 12-pounder cannons and twenty 18 pounder carronades. The ship weighed 1498 tons was 53.8 meters long, and 13.2 meters wide, 3 decked, and 3 masted. It was built in 1794 an completed 8 trips to India and China before its crash.

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About Lizz

I am a fourth year student at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. I am participating in the Students for Development Program this year and I will be going to work with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa for six months. I recently came back from Namibia where I lived for 11 weeks through the Namibia Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto. I worked with an organization called Physically Active Youth which is located in Katutura, Namibia near Windhoek. If you are a student interested in getting involved internationally or interested in doing a study abroad project, you should make sure to check out the CIE website: http://cie.utoronto.ca/ Also, if you are a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto make sure to check out the international exchanges available on the faculty website: http://www.physical.utoronto.ca/Undergraduate/Current_Students/International_Experience.aspx

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