Dec 13 2017

Woodbridge Island Street Names

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The streets of Woodbridge Island are all named after ships that were wrecked or floundered and sunk in Table Bay.

Interestingly, there was a British ship of 522 tons and built of Teak called Woodbridge. She was wrecked in Table Bay on 5 November 1816 with a cargo of wood while on a voyage from the Baltic. No lives were lost.

So, was the island named after the ship Woodbridge, or in reference to the wooden bridge?

Here is the list of ships that make up the names or our island:

  1. AVENHORN was an 880 ton Dutch ship built in 1780 at Hoorn Yard for the Dutch East India Company and was commanded by Capt. A. Arend Thobiasz. She was wrecked in Table Bay on 17th May 1788 during a north-west gale while on a homeward-bound voyage from Batavia (Jakarta) which she had left on 4 November 1787, arriving at Cape on 22 January 1788. No lives were lost. She lies buried beneath reclaimed land. (Note the spelling. But this could be a typographical error, if you read further …!)*
  2. CALPE was a British brig of 165 tons, built in 1828 and commanded by Capt. S. Eales. Wrecked in Table Bay on 16th July 1831 during a north-west gale, while on a voyage from Dartmouth south Devon with a cargo of sundries.
  3. CHANDOIS was an English East-Indiaman of 440 tons. Wrecked close to the Castle in Table Bay x(Next to the Amy which perished on the same day) on 16 June 1722 together with 8 other vessels during a north-west gale, while on a homeward voyage from Bengal. Of her crew of 70 two were drowned. She lies buried beneath reclaimed land ( probably beneath the Station or the Civic Centre. (Note the spelling!)*
  4. LA CYBELLE was a French slave ship of 12 guns wrecked a little north of Blouberg Strand in Table Bay on 19th March 1756 while on a voyage from the Coast of Guinea (West Africa) to Mauritius with a cargo of slaves. She had entered the bay for water. No lives were lost.
  5. LA MARECHALE Woodbriodge IslandLA MARECHALE was a French ship wrecked at the Salt River mouth on 15 October 1776 during a north west gale while on a voyage from Nantes to Madagascar. She had a crew of 180. Some of her cannon were salvaged and used in land fortifications. She lies buried beneath reclaimed land.
  6. MARINER was a British barque of 487 tons commanded by Capt. Farmer. Wrecked on the rocks at Green Point on 3 August 1860 as she was heading out of Table Bay while on a voyage from Plymouth to St Helena (a bit of a round trip …?!) No lives were lost. But the captain shot himself.
  7. RASTEDE was a barque of 462 tons commanded by Capt. J Frobosche. Wrecked at Rietvlei on 5 March 1858 during a south-east gale after entering Table Bay while on a voyage from Newcastle with a cargo of coal. No lives were lost.
  8. WINTON was a British motor vessel of 4 388 tons built in 1928 by W. Hamilton & Co. Port Glasgow, and commanded by Captain C.J. Mordaunt. Wrecked in 1934 while on a voyage from Australia to Britain with 6000 tons of wheat, which caught fire by spontaneous combustion and burnt out the vessel. She lies a little north and to seaward of the Hermes, which sank in 1901 (The wreck, I surmise, that is visible from the 3rd Tee at Milnerton Golf Course.)

An article by Danie van der Spuy

Source: From the book “Shipwrecks & Salvage in South Afrika – 1505 to present” by Malcolm Turner 1988. C. Struik, Cape Town.

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