A shipwreck in the Transkei, South Africa  

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A shipwreck in the Transkei, South Africa
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There's an interesting story behind this wreck. Apparently, it's an insurance scam: The ship was wrecked on one of the only strips of sand for miles around, it crashed pointing towards the beach, and all the crew got off safely. However, the real bit of genius goes something like this: At the time of the crash, South Africa's apartheid regime was in full swing, and the government had split the country up into seperate states, or Homelands. All people from the Xhosa tribe were told that they now lived in two areas, one of which was the Transkei. If they wanted to go into "main" South Africa (such as the bits where most of the jobs were, and where they often already lived, anyway) then they needed a permit. Similarly, they were more-or-less allowed to do what they liked inside the Transkei. Hence the idea of respectable, white, upper-class insurance investigators travelling into the Transkei to look at a shipwreck was rather unappealing, and so the insurance company paid up without investigating. Apparently.


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09/23/03 2:24 PM GMT
That's a site you don't see every day... a shipwreck with a bunch of bulls (is that what it is?) on a beach in front of it.
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09/24/03 12:33 AM GMT
At first I thought, "no way" that must have been PSed... it's just so surreal. Wild.
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- Loyal Caedes Fanatic
09/25/03 8:35 AM GMT
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09/25/03 8:52 PM GMT
Seacows maybe?
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The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from an artist is to make him ruin his work. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 1832)
09/26/03 10:28 PM GMT
Land Ahoy Captain' Cows to to starboard!
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10/01/03 10:29 AM GMT
This is so good!
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10/03/03 2:33 AM GMT
Very good photo ...;)
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10/06/03 6:28 AM GMT
Hmmm. I believe I made a comment on this...and I believe someone stole my Icon! Unless that is an error. But! I really like the shot, especially with the cows, which are so oddly out of place on the beach.
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10/14/03 1:09 PM GMT
Congratulate to a interesting and fun photo! you deserved to win the contest "Most Sureal"
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"Nessecity is the mother of invention"
10/17/03 6:38 AM GMT
So this is where One-Eyed Willie's ship ended up after it left the Goonies...
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10/21/03 5:26 AM GMT
This one would make Dali do a double-take. Great work!
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10/26/03 4:49 AM GMT
lol i just keep looking at it and thinking...Somethings just not quite right? lol haha Good job :)
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A.K.A. "Champ"
11/01/03 2:57 AM GMT
Cows on the beach.... that is so great..... it's cool that you supplied a background story too
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11/16/03 6:54 PM GMT
speechless O_O'. My god... it's so unbelievable!! What a shot! Congratulation man! definitely!^^
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11/19/03 5:56 PM GMT
Very special, beautiful and great photography.
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carpe diem
11/28/03 8:37 PM GMT
the shipwreck is SO cool, i only don`t like the sight of the bulls in front of it. but it`s a realy nice pic :)
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11/28/03 8:57 PM GMT
very nice pic, i like it alot
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12/07/03 4:12 AM GMT
thats aswome looking lol
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12/10/03 1:52 AM GMT
extremely surreal...good job ^.^
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So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen.
12/13/03 12:27 AM GMT
You caught something very unique and comical. I love it!
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01/04/04 4:30 PM GMT
hey I thought the story was cool. There are so many aspects to other lands that i have not uncovered in my limited experiences over here in North America. I am from Canada but we are all considered Americans because we live on the continent of North America.I hear a story like this one and it shows me more what can happen to a country, etc...
thanks for the great inspiration ;)
now i say they eat that nice supply of beef on the beach and stop starving :) he he he
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If you never try, that's still failing!
01/31/04 8:53 PM GMT
Great shot - and I keep wondering what it would look loike with a wider angle.

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02/04/04 3:44 AM GMT
interesting picture/story
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04/20/04 8:35 AM GMT
Fantastic picture and interesting story. This picture looks so surreal! 10/10 .
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08/01/04 4:57 PM GMT
My congratulations. 10/10
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08/03/04 2:51 PM GMT
That is crazy! Great picture! What a sight to behold, eh? What was that insurance company? I should sign up with them. ;)
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Is it that they fear the pain of death? Or could it be they fear the joy of life?
08/22/04 8:06 PM GMT
Special shot. Good work.
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09/13/04 1:31 PM GMT
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Email is like a prison with no walls....... and no toilet - Strong Bad
11/28/04 11:14 PM GMT
Now.. that is a GREAT picture.. its like.. it shows the loss..of something.. but then theres life right by it.. awesome
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01/09/05 5:39 AM GMT
This pic takes the cake!
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04/12/05 4:34 AM GMT
That is so weird to see bulls on a beach. What's also weird is that I searched "Maine" and this was the second result.
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I appreciate your concern.
10/16/05 2:09 AM GMT
Very nice... but why are the cows on the beach? :)
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"The Lord is a being in which no human mind can comprehend."- Alex
10/24/05 3:24 PM GMT
mixed feelings on this fotos
im sure it will make a hell of a setting
for a rock video.
But mostly it's a sad one, all that nature surround by destruction
and decadence, beside no one gave his life for this one.
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11/07/05 5:42 AM GMT
fascinating image...could use a bit more contrast perhaps, but very engaging.
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-DFX -
12/13/05 5:41 PM GMT
WoW!!!!!!!!!!!! What a nice picture Awesome!!! Good job
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01/17/06 8:17 AM GMT
Looks like a Noah's Ark kinda thing with the mast coincadently looking like a cross...good job.
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Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. -Lily Tomlin
01/28/06 3:26 AM GMT
I've been a member of Caedes for a lond time now, and this photo is still my favorite... kudos
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03/20/06 7:41 AM GMT
So surreal in visual composition, yet also starkly real in subject matter. great contrasts! 9/10.
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/this body makes me feel eternal//all this pain is an illusion/
06/07/06 8:09 PM GMT
Very much deserving of a win - congratulations!
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11/21/06 4:58 AM GMT
Very nice!
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11/22/06 10:42 PM GMT
I spent a summer of my childhood playing along that very beach, wow that is soo cool
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02/05/07 7:51 PM GMT
hahahaha!!! interesting combination of subjects! you wouldn't have to go far for surf and turf!
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when in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!
03/10/07 1:26 AM GMT
Whatever the case might be or seem, it make a darn interesting picture though !!
Good shot.
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please visit my gallery - mountain site or my little Switzerland Forum
11/11/11 9:18 AM GMT
I really dig this!
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