Port Elizabeth of Yore: Pictorial History of Storms and Other Disasters

The major disasters such as the floods of 1867 & 1968 and the great gale of 1902 are outside the remit of this blog. Many of the storms covered in this blog whether wind or rain were of less consequence for most apart, from those personally affected.

Main picture: Thunderstorm viewed from Stanley House Port Elizabeth in 1916

Wind damage

Storm damage in Havelock Street in 1913

Storm damage in Havelock Street in 1913

Threatening storm

Threatening storm at Schoenmakerskop

 

A stormy harbour scene

A stormy harbour scene

Storm Damage at Humewood Camp in 1913

Storm Damage at Humewood Camp in 1913

Storm damage in Upper Hill Street in 1913

Storm damage in Upper Hill Street in 1913

Fires

Many of Port Elizabeth most damaging fires were as a result of arson such as the destruction of St Mary’s and Holy Trinity Churches.

St Mary's Church in 1895, the morning after it was burnt down

St Mary’s Church in 1895, the morning after it was burnt down

St Mary's Church in 1895, the destruction inside the church

St Mary’s Church in 1895, the destruction inside the church

Burned Holy Trinity Church, Havelock Street. Incinerated by the Mad Arsonist

Burned Holy Trinity Church, Havelock Street. Incinerated by the Mad Arsonist

Fire in Central Port Elizabeth in 1913

Fire in Central Port Elizabeth in 1913

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Fire in Central Port Elizabeth in 1913

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Fire in Central Port Elizabeth in 1913

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Fire in Central Port Elizabeth in 1913

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Fire in Central Port Elizabeth in 1913

Seaman's Institute on fire

Seaman’s Institute on fire

Fire Station at the bottom of Military Road

Fire Station at the bottom of Military Road

Cleghorns' Building burnt down on 6th May 1896

Cleghorns’ Building burnt down on 6th May 1896

Ship Wrecks

Queensmoor

Queensmoor

Queensmoor

Queensmoor

The Queensmoor

The Queensmoor

Paris Maru after striking Roman Rock

Paris Maru after striking Roman Rock

The shipwreck Oakworth at PE 1890

The shipwreck Oakworth at PE 1890

H Wagenaar and Coriolanus Wrecked in Algoa Bay 11 September 1874 Port Elizabeth

H Wagenaar and Coriolanus Wrecked in Algoa Bay 11 September 1874 Port Elizabeth

South East Gale 1888 Wrecks the Boschetto in Algoa Bay

South East Gale 1888 Wrecks the Boschetto in Algoa Bay

Storm in 1869

Storm in 1869

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After the gale in 1888

Related blogs

Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Floods of November 1867

The Great Flood in Port Elizabeth on 1st September 1968

 

Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Great Gale of 1902


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