The Info List - Table Bay

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Table Bay
Table Bay
( Afrikaans
Tafelbaai) is a natural bay on the Atlantic Ocean overlooked by Cape Town
Cape Town
(founded 1652 by Van Riebeeck) and is at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula, which stretches south to the Cape of Good Hope. It was named because it is dominated by the flat-topped Table Mountain.


1 History 2 Image gallery 3 See also 4 References

History[edit] Bartolomeu Dias
Bartolomeu Dias
was the first European to explore this region in 1486. The bay, although famous for centuries as a haven for ships, is actually a rather poor natural harbour and is badly exposed to gales from both the SE and NW. Many sailing ships seeking refuge in the bay during the 17th and 18th centuries were driven ashore by storms (see the article about Wolraad Woltemade). The Dutch colonists nevertheless persisted with their efforts on the shores of Table Bay, because good natural harbours along this coastline are almost non-existent. The best of them- Saldanha Bay- lacked fresh water and the only realistic alternatives- Simon's Bay and Houtbaai- were rightly inaccessible at the time and only marginally less exposed to the weather, which is notoriously bad often enough in the Cape Peninisula (see article on S.S. Maori
S.S. Maori
and Sea Point). Eventually a harbour was built in Table Bay
Table Bay
by a process of land reclamation and was defended by breakwaters to protect shipping. The older part of this structure is called the Victoria Dock. The newer part is called the Duncan Dock. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades, is in this bay. Image gallery[edit]

Dutch ships off Table Bay
Table Bay
in the 17th century

Looking over sailing ships in Table Bay
Table Bay
in 1727 with Table Mountain
Table Mountain
in the background

Map of Table Bay
Table Bay

Map of the Docks and Infrastructure (1884)

Cape Town
Cape Town
from space, looking south over False Bay
False Bay
with Hangklip Point (top left), Cape Point
Cape Point
(top right) and Table Bay
Table Bay
south and east of the clearly visible, circular Robben Island, February 1995.

Cape Town
Cape Town
from space, looking east over Cape Peninsula
Cape Peninsula
and False Bay (behind) with Robben Island
Robben Island
(front left), Table Mountain
Table Mountain
(centre front) and Cape Point
Cape Point
(front right). The white dot on the left in False Bay
False Bay
is Seal Island, famous for footage of Great White
Great White

See also[edit]

False Bay Eduard Bohlen


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