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    Default Eduard Bohlen the Land-Locked Shipwreck

    Hi all
    I was just reading this Article of some interest, after coming across it in just general searching the Internet, and after reading was thinking how things are possible, with this Ship having moved so far from the Shore after it was wrecked! Was it the Ocean that receeded (got less) or how did this Ship actually move ?? Amazing things happen!
    Hope you may also find this interesting as i did!
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    Default Re: Eduard Bohlen the Land-Locked Shipwreck

    Could it be just the natural miovement of the sand but would have thought that the sand would have ended up covering it. Daresay that others will have better ideas but just thought that I would throw that one in the pot mate
    That's the way the mop flops.

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    As it says in the article, the coastline of Namibia is constantly changing due to ocean currents, storms etc.
    Think one of Wilbur Smith's books used the ever changing coastline in one of his books, think it was all about diamonds.
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    Default Re: Eduard Bohlen the Land-Locked Shipwreck

    #3 John A. I think it was the other South African writer Geoffrey Jenkins. The River of Diamonds. He used the Namibia coast in a few of his books. A while since I read one, found them a good read.
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    Looking at another site of Wrecks on the Namibian Coast , i see that there seems to not be any others that are so far inland as this one! There are quite a few that have gone to ground on that Stretch of Coast.
    So again my question i wonder how it got so far inland! It was not a small ship either!
    Will we ever know!
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    A Twist of Sand by Hammond Innes!

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    Default Re: Eduard Bohlen the Land-Locked Shipwreck

    Very heavy seas that suddenly throw up large waves could easily move such vessels.
    Not unlike the sunami such waves could do that.
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    A Twist of Sand by Hammond Innes!
    Maddons Rock also by him a good read.
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    Default Re: Eduard Bohlen the Land-Locked Shipwreck

    Was not there a story years ago in the press about what they called Noah’s Ark being discovered in some mountain area I think it was Northern Turkey ? Seemed to die a death with little repercussions. If had been true may have done something for more believability into the Old Testament. Some sort of vessel must have been found but maybe the media dropped it as would do nothing for their credibility , would have also given some credibility of the heavy rainfall experienced in certain world areas of happening before only then it was called downpours of 40 days and 40 Nights. JS .
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    Post Re: Eduard Bohlen the Land-Locked Shipwreck

    I've always been fascinated by shipwrecks-I suppose it was reading about Robinson Crusoe when I was younger.....
    Anyway,a more recent (well,1960) stranding was the CLAN ALPINE which,although not entombed in the sand dunes of Namibia's Skeleton Coast,ended up 1/2 mile inland from the nearest deep enough water able to float her in East Pakistan,or Bangladesh as it is now called.

    The ss Clan Alpine was swept astern at a calculated 35 knots (!) with engines full ahead from her anchorage position off Chittagong,during a cyclone and ensuing tidal surge.
    It occurred on 31st Oct,1960 on a voyage from Glasgow and Liverpool,departing 16th Sept to Indian ports,then Chittagong for final discharge after which it was hoped to gain an onward cargo from the area, either in Burma or India,for Onomichi,Japan where she was due to be delivered to the shipbreakers as it was her final voyage. She never made it,the cyclone got her first.




    Her cargo was discharged into trucks via a road constructed from the main road to Chittagong-completed on 4th January 1961.and on 14.2.1961 she was sold by the underwriters the East Bengal Trading Corporation Ltd and broken up where she lay. She was declared a Constructive Total Loss and Clan Line received more insurance than would have been paid for her scrapping in Japan.

    [Launched as ss Empire Barrie 7168 grt 1942 MOWT managed by Allan, Black & Co (Albyn Line), Sunderland. 1944 MOWT managed by Clan Line Ltd, Glasgow 1945 CLAN ALPINE, Clan Line Ltd. 1957 UMVOTI, Bullard, King & Co.Ltd, London 1959 CLAN ALPINE, Clan Line Ltd. 31.10.60 Ashore in cyclone near Chittagong, total loss.]


    Should anyone be interested in the full story, there is a fascinating first hand account of the circumstances surrounding the stranding and ultimate demise of the CLAN ALPINE by Capt Andy Logan, (then the 2nd mate), in Sea Breezes, Vol. 72 (February, 1998), pages 99 - 109.

    Crew on that voyage:-

    List of crew dep Liverpool 16/9/60
    Europeans;
    Master F.Harris 45 Hull
    Chief Officer R.J. Bews 28 Aberdeen
    2nd Officer A.Logan 24 Dunoon
    3rd Officer P. J.MacArthur 20 Portrush
    Cadets A.C.M.Crichton 18 London
    D. J.Funnell 17 Epsom
    Radio Officer G.K.Paterson 38 Galashiels



    Carpenter D.Varley 22 Harwich
    Purser J.Prince 28 Hull
    Chief Engineer C.Ross 64 Rutherglen
    Mrs. E.Ross Wife of above 63 Rutherglen
    2nd Engineer A.S.Lawson 30 Buckie
    3rd Engineer J.S.Morris 25 Denniston
    4th Engineer J.Driscoll 24 Newton Mearns
    5th Engineer R.T.Flint 21 Bath


    Asians:
    + 59 Indian/Pakistani crew,many being repatriated from Glasgow to Chittagong area from other Clan vessels.

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