Skelton Coast, Namibia, Africa

An areal photograph of the shipwreck Eduard Bohlen at the coast of Namibia. It lies about 800m away from the shoreline. With time, the sand of the coast takes it over. Eduard Bohlen shipwreck of 1909 stranded in thick fog.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/8000s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 24mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4629 by 3087 pixels (WxH).

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The shipwreck Eduard Bohlen on the coast blends in with its surroundings. The skeleton coast is the most northern part of Namibia. This place we associate with many tales of shipwrecks and stranded sailors searching the desert for food and water. Not only are there ship skeletons, but there are also whale and seal skeletons. Additionally, the discovery of a few human skeletons also transpired. The typical fog of this coast is exceptionally blinding. It is resulting in ships running aground or wrecking on the off-shore rocks. The shoreline contains the remains of the wrecks. Some are in reasonably good condition, while others are barely recognizable.

This photograph depicts the shipwreck, Eduard Bohlen. A 2 272 ton German passenger also cargo ship of the Woerman Line. It was en-route from Swakopmund to Table Bay. On the 5th of September 1909, a dense fog covered the sea. The 95-meter ship lost its way and ran aground at Conception Bay. Undoubtedly this particular shipwreck Eduard Bohlen is one of the most photographed shipwrecks in Namibia. The wreck lays 800 meters from the shore.

There exist many other stories about the famous shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast. If you are interested, then have a look into these unfortunate tales.

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