Port Elizabeth of Yore: King’s Beach over the Years

Prior to the construction of the harbour wall in the 1920s, the beach from the Baakens River to the Shark River was largely unusable for swimming purposes. This is the reason why the first beach south of the Baakens River to gain popularity was Humewood. 

Yet after the erection of the harbour wall, there was a steady accumulation of sea sand against the sea wall to the point where the accumulated sand now stretches along the whole length of the wall. 

Main picture: Sand dunes covering the whole of what was to become Humewood and Summerstrand. Even though it is unclear, there is no beach along the coast

King’s Beach soon after the construction of the Harbour Wall

Apart from the fact that the sand had commenced accumulating against the harbour wall, note that Humewood was scarcely developed. Furthermore, the development of Summerstrand had barely commenced.

Brilliant aerial shot of the new breakwater and the early Humewood
Aerial view of harbour

Accumulation of sand

High water line at King’s Beach over the years

This phenomenon has occured in other locations as well. This accumulation of sand has also happened around Coolangatta on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Recent photographs

Harbour wall in the background

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