The mystery of the Durban shipwreck that was uncovered during dredging operations to widen and deepen the harbour entrance has finally been solved.
“And it is great to put a name and a face to her,” said a delighted Vanessa Maitland, the maritime archaeologist known as the Agatha Christie of the deep.
Maitland was called in by the SA Heritage Resources Agency to investigate the mystery last year.
The wreck, now identified as the Steam Ship (SS) Karin, had been buried in 3m of sand and was 1.18km from the north breakwater, lying in the shipping channel.
While it was not considered a threat to navigation, if it was not removed it would certainly have posed a threat to the modern, larger ships calling into the port after Transnet’s extensive renovations.