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(29.03.2001 , South Africa, Mossel Bay )
Research Information: 15TH TO 18TH CENTURY SUMMARY

15th Century
1488 - Bartolomeu Dias rounds the Cape of Good Hope

1494 - Treaty of Tordesillas divides the globe between
Portugal and Spain

1498 - Vasco da Gama opens up the sea route to the East

16th Century
1503 - Antonio de Saldanha explores Table Bay

1505 - 'Soares wreck'(P): West of Mossel Bay (night)

1509 - Portuguese overcome Moslem sea power at
Battle of Diu

1511 - Tin mines of Malacca ceded to Portugal

1521 - Ferdinant Magellan reaches the Philippines during
circumnavigation of the globe

1551 - Sao Joao de Bescoinho(P): Ponta do Ouro

1552 - June - Sao Jeronymo(P): North of Richards Bay (storm)
11 June - Sao Joao(P): Near Port Edward (disabled)

1554 - 21 April - Sao Bento(P): On island at Msikaba
River mouth (disabled)

1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets out on circumnavigation voyage

1581 - Portugal incorporated into Spanish Empire

1588 - Spanish Armada sets sail for England

1593 - 24 March - Santo Alberto(P): Possibly near
East London (disabled)

17th Century
1608 - Santo Espiritu(P): Possibly near Haga-Haga, north-east
of East London

1619 - 27 July- Jeager(Dan): Woodstock Beach, Table Bay
(north-west gale - first recorded Danish wreck on South
African coast)

1622 - October - Sao Joao Baptista(P): Between Woody
Cape and Kei River (after action with Dutch)

1630 - July- Sao Gonzalo(P): Plettenberg Bay (put into
bay after developing a leak)

1635 - 24 July - Nossa Senhora de Belem(P):North-east of
the Mzimvubu River (disabled)

1643 - Santa Maria Madre de Deus(P): Possibly near Bonza
Bay, East London

1644 - 7 February - Eiland Mauritius(D): Salt River mouth,
Table Bay (first recorded Dutch wreck on South African
coast)

1647 - 25 March - Nieuw Haarlem(D): Milnerton, Table
Bay (south-east gale)
June - Nossa Senhora de Atalaia do Pinheiro(P):
Near Cefane River (disabled)
1 July - Santissimo Sacramento(P): Schoenmakerskop
(disabled)

1660 - 19 May - La Marechale(Fr): Salt River mouth, Table Bay
(north-west gale - first recorded French wreck on South
African coast)

1668 - 31 May - Schollevaar(D): North of Bokpunt, West
Coast (north-west gale)

1673 - 20 February - De Grundel(D): East of Cape Hangklip
27 August - Zoetendaal(D): Struis Bay

1674 - 9 April - Bruydegom(D): Saldanha Bay

1682 - 8 June - Johanna(B): Die Dam, Quoin Point
(night - first recorded English wreck on South African coast)

1685 - 17 May - Good Hope(B): Durban

1686 - 16 February - Stavenisse(D): Natal South Coast, near
Port Shepstone
16 April - Nossa Senhora dos Milagros(P): Near Cape
Agulhas (night)
25 December - Bonaventura(B): St Lucia Bay

1687 - Divers salvage treasure from Nuestra Senorade la
Conception off Haiti

1690 - 16 January - Noord(ster)(D): Klippen Point

1691 - Arpine(P): Near Gordon's Bay, False Bay (south-east gale)

1692 - 5 June - North-west gale, Table Bay Orange(B), Goede
Hoop(D)
10 June - Hogergeest(D): Table Bay (north-west gale)

1693 - November - Gouden Buis(D): North of St Helena Bay (scurvy)

1694 - 20 January - Dagaraad(D): Western point of Robben
Island (mist)

1697 - 24 May - North-west gale, Table Bay, Oosterland(D),
Waddinxveen(D)

1698 - 27 May - Het Huis te Kraaiestein(D): Oudekraal, Cape
Peninsula (mist)

18th Century

1700 - War of the Spanish Succession following death of
Charles II of Spain

1702 - 3 April - Merestein(D): South-west corner of Jutten
Island (south-west wind)

1713 - Peace of Utrecht: Philip V of Spain reigns over Holland
February - Bennebroek(D): A little south-west of Hamburg,
near East London

1722 - June - North-west gale, Table Bay Lakenman(D),
Rottendam(D), Schotse Lorrendraaier(D),
Standvastigheid(D), Zoetigheid(D), Addison(B),
Chandois(B), Nightingale(B), Amy(D)
November - Schonenberg(D), Skoonbergbaai, east of
Cape Agulhas (fine weather)

1723 - November - Meteren(D): North of the Olifants River
(scurvy)

1727 - John Lethbridge begins diving in Table Bay

1728 - July - North-west gale, Table Bay, Middenrak(D),
Stabroek(D)
December - Haarlem(D): Salt River, Table Bay
(north-west gale)

1730 - January - Saksenburg(D): Off Cape Agulhas

1734 - November - De Hoop(D): Dassen Island (north-west sind)

1736 - July - Fijenoord(D): Table Bay

1737 - May - North-west gale, Table Bay, Rodenrijs(D): near Salt
River mouth, De Buis(D): Salt River mouth, Duinbreek(D),
Goudriaan(D), Flora(D), Paddenburg(D), Victoria(D),
Westernwijk(D), Iepenride(D).

1740 - 6 May - Vis(D): Green Point, Table Bay (night)

1747 - 25 October - Reigersdaal(D): Springfontein Point (scurvy,
south-east gale)

1750 - 19 January - Le Centaure(Fr): A little west of Cape Agulhas
(fine weather)
8 August - Elephant(Dan): Gourits River (scurvy)

1752 - 9 June - Kron Princess van Denmark(Dan): Mossel Bay
(disabled)

1755 - 17 July - Dodington(B): Bird Island, Algoa Bay (south-west
gale, night)

1756 - 19 March - La Cybelle(Fr): North of Blouberg, Table Bay
3 June - Schuilenburg(D): Camps Bay area

1757 - 8 June - Voorzichtigheid(D): Table Bay (north-west gale)

1763 - 11 September - La Fortune(Fr): Visbaai, near Gouritz River

1766 - 9 April - Meermin(D): Cape Agulhas (mutiny)

1769 - James Watt patents the improved steam engine

1773 - 'Boston Tea Party'
1 June - Jonge Thomas(D): Table Bay (north-west gale)

1776 - 31 January - Nieuw Rhoon(D): Table Bay
(beached near the Castle, south-east gale)
15 October - La Ceres(Fr): Table Bay (north-west gale)

1778 - 24 August - Colebrooke(B): Koeelbaai, False Bay (disabled)

1780 - 5 January - Mentor(D): On reef off Cape Agulhas (storm)

1781 - Battle of Saldanha
21 July - Middelburg(D): Hoedtjies Point, Saldanha Bay
(naval action)

1782 - 4 August - Grosvenor(B): A little north-east of the Tezani Stream,
Pondoland (south-west gale, night)
24 September - Le Victor(Fr): Table Bay (north-west gale)

1783 - 11 July - Nicobar(Dan): On Quoin Point

1784 - 27 January - Severe(Fr): Blouberg, Table Bay
30 June - Hoop(D): Mouille Point, Table Bay

1785 - 3 May - Brederode(D): Cape Agulhas

1786 - Graaff-Reinet founded
11 May - HNMS Holland(D): Near Olifantsbos Point,
Cape Peninsula (night)
19 August - La Rozette(Fr): South of Olifantsbos Point,
Cape Peninsula (mutiny)
7 October - Katwijk aan den Rijn(D): Simon's Bay

1788 - 7 May - Avenhorn(D): Table Bay (north-west gale)

1789 - 16 May - Drietal Handelaars(D): Swartklip in False Bay,
(south-east gale)

1790 - Erfprins van Augustenburg(Dan): Table Bay
Maria(It): Table Bay

1792 - 2 June - Drie Gebroeders(D): Simon's Bay (disabled, run ashore)

1793 - 22 May - North-west gale, Table Bay Sterreschans(D),
Zeeland(D)

1794 - La Jardiniere(Fr): Struis Bay
27 December - Sao Josene(P): Camps Bay

1795 - Battle of Muizenberg; first British Occupation of the Cape;
Dutch East India Company taken over by Dutch state.

1796 - 8 March - Gothenburg(Swe): Green Point, Table Bay

- Kindly sponsored by SAMWEB Creations (Information obtained from numberous sources from literature at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex)





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