Port Elizabeth of Yore: Sinking of the Japanese freighter ‘Paris Maru’

On the 13th January 1934, the Japanese freighter ‘Paris Maru’ of 7,197 tons bound for Cape Town struck Roman Rock which is situated at the bell buoy off Summerstrand after leaving port. Badly holed, she made a dash for port and unfortunately she did not make it. The vessel sank just outside the Port Elizabeth harbour entrance. The wreck became a hazard for shipping and had to be blown up.

Going, going, ……………..

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