The sinking of the SS Queensmoor off Cape Recife in September 1934 was captured on film and presented on “News in a Nutshell” on BBC.
Attached is a link to the British Pathe copy of the film on YouTube.
Main picture: The Queensmoor in the process of breaking up
The Queensmoor was probably wrecked on the Thunderbolt Reef which is named after ‘HMS Thunderbolt,’ a wooden paddle-wheeled sloop which struck it on 3 Feb 1847, and sank in Algoa Bay.
The movie contains five sequences viz:
- Shots of the British cargo ship ‘Queenmoor’ wrecked on rocks.
- People in the water are collecting wood – cargo from the boat which has been swept off.
- The camera pans across from two women standing on the shore to show the ship, with her back broken, floundering in the rough seas.
- Shots of piles of wood on seashore
- The ship begins to break up