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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Slave Ships

Iziko Museums in Cape Town have started off a project to find different slave ships that were wrecked along the South African coastline. One of them is the Dutch slave ship “Meermin” which ran aground off the southern Cape coast 236 years ago after an onboard rebellion nearly succeeded. The first phase in the project started off on Tuesday this week with a four day expedition conducting a series of preliminary tests using a land and marine magnetometer, a device measuring the earth’s magnetic field. The magnetometer also registers anomalies such as canons and other metal objects to help map the exact location of the shipwreck. (More)

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