Photo: 269
Simon's Town Cape of Good Hope

Ship No: 171a (x2)

MSS indicates two images at this number, ie panorama as in TA 2/19. This is right side.
(Brunton, 2004)

© Natural History Museum, London 2009

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Comment by Claude Felbert on November 25, 2010 at 7:20pm
This is from within the Harbour precincts and I think the Sheds in the middle ground are recognisable. Again finding the exact spot means checking the mountain profile
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 25, 2010 at 6:43am
Sounds good :)
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 25, 2010 at 6:38am
Copy from her blog: Noëleen is an architect and academic. She has served as a member of the Board of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum since 2002. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

In my case, more important is that she's my cousin and I know from conversations that we've had that she knows the history of the harbour, and the area well. And she owes me a cup of coffee... :)
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 25, 2010 at 6:27am
Who is Noelene Murray?
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 25, 2010 at 6:18am
I think the Green Point Lighthouse is the closest, which is too far away. There was a hotel at the bottom of the harbour where the Table Bay hotel is today. I don't know when it was built - trying to get into Noelene Murray's diary - she'll know!
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 24, 2010 at 5:08pm
You know, I was thinking that but was there one?
Comment by Stefan Wiswedel on November 24, 2010 at 4:18pm
Lighthouse? :)
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 24, 2010 at 5:25am
OK - looking for tall buildings at the end of the harbour that were there in 1873.
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 24, 2010 at 4:43am
Its probably highly unlikely that it was taken up in the rigging for two reasons: 1. The photograph had to be exposed and processed immediately, which meant chemicals and a dark tent would have had to be very close to hand. 2. The higher up on a boat, the more exaggerated the sway. Given that exposures would haven been less that 30th of a second, there would be considerable blurriness in the picture.

I was wondering if it was from a second/third storey balcony? Perhaps from a hotel? Or could this be a copied print too, given that there is a fold :(
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 24, 2010 at 4:30am
Yes ... like up a rigging? Damn. I *should* have asked to climb the mast of Stad Amsterdam (HMS Beagle replica) when she was here earlier in the year! She bearthed in the area I'm going to look for the picture :)

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