Skelton Coast, Namibia, Africa

An areal photograph of the shipwreck Eduard Bohlen at the Skelton 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 ran aground in thick fog at Conception Bay at the Skeleton Coast.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 July, 2023

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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 stranded due to thick fog on the Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast is the most northern part of Namibia. This place we associate with many tales of shipwrecks and stranded sailors searching the Namib 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. Some of the skeleton coast shipwrecks stranded while fog happened are in reasonably good condition. While other shipwrecks are barely recognizable.

Stranded Due To Thick Fog At The Skeleton Coast

This photo depicts the shipwreck, Eduard Bohlen which lies in the sand for many years. A 2 272 ton German passenger also cargo ship of the Woerman Line. It was a voyage from Swakopmund to the South African city of Cape Town. On the 5th of September 1909, a dense fog covered the sea. The 95-meter / 311 feet ship lost its way and ran aground in thick fog at Conception Bay. Undoubtedly this particular shipwreck Eduard Bohlen is one of the most photographed shipwrecks in Namibia. The wreck lays 800 meters / 875 yards from the shore.

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

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2 comments for Shipwreck Eduard Bohlen Skeleton Coast Namibia

  1. Thomas

    A great view from above of the Eduard Bohlen wreck. It is amazing how the sand of the desert is eating slowly that massive ship.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Sooner or later the sand will have swallowed that boat totally. Thanks so much.

  2. Lucy

    Wow! Fantastic aerial photo of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      It is like forgotten in the desert. I wonder how long it takes that the sand covered it totally! Thank you, Lucy.

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