The Wreck of the Schonenberg

Stamouer Philip Morkel and his brother Willem hosted 80 crew of the shipwrecked Schonenberg at Onverwacht in 1722. On their return to Holland, one of them composed an epic poem which was printed in 1725, and which hangs at Die Bos. Dr Jan Malan has recently completed extensive research about the event, and his two papers, in Afrikaans, are posted below. We give a shorter version here. There are also some spurious and discredited stories about the wreck.

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