In the early hours of 26 February 1852 a British troopship – HMS Birkenhead ran aground off the coast of Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa, at a place known as Danger Point. The ship broke up almost immediately after impact with submerged rocks. It was the first time that the call of “Women and Children first” was recorded.
Some 450 people drowned but 193 reached safety.
A lighthouse was constructed and commissioned in 1895. It is 17 m tall and it’s light can be seen 50 km away.
This A4 oil painting Danger Point Lighthouse is of the lighthouse done in 2017.Browse Our Shop