Photo of the day – Cape Recife lighthouse

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A stunning image of the Cape Recife lighthouse, which guards the most South Eastern tip of the African continent.

The Lighthouse warns passing ships of the dangers of Thunderbolt Reef, which has claimed many ships over generations of Southern African seafaring.

The deadly reef is named after the HMS Thunderbolt, a steam-driven man o’ war that ran onto the reef on a fine day in 1847. There was hardly a cloud in the sky, and certainly no fog or mist.

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Cape Recife Lighthouse is situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve on the Southern point of Algoa Bay, and approximately 15km from Port Elizabeth. The Lighthouse was commissioned on 1 April 1851.

The photo was taken by Port Elizabeth photographer Zane Hobson.

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