A hand painted ostrich egg. – Algoa Bay from the Hill. – None identified


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A painted ostrich egg showing steam ships off-loading cargo to surf boats in the bay. Inscribed Algoa Bay from the Hill. In the foreground is the jetty. The foundation stone for this jetty was laid on 20 April 1840 at the site of the wreck of the Feejee. In June 1836 the Cape of Good Hope Steam Navigation Company was formed. The object of this company was “the speedy and regular conveyance of goods and passengers between the Eastern and Western Provinces” using “one or more steam vessels”. Promoters of the subsequently formed Port Elizabeth Jetty Company were also involved in the steam navigation company. The jetty was declared a legal landing place by the customs department on 30 March 1843. Its life was however short lived. On Saturday 26 August just 5 months after its completion, a massive storm hit. Driving 3 boats into the jetty and destroying it. Not until 1870 was any further significant work carried out on the jetty. A picture in the Africana Museum by Thomas Baines shows a surf boat at the dilapidated jetty. Baines visited Algoa Bay in 1848 and recorded landing by surf boat. Not suitable for export. Brass stand included. Condition: Very good.

Date Published: 1840-1843
Publication Place: Algoa Bay, (Port Elizabeth / Qberha)

Condition: Very good.

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Weight 1400 g