Will this beach ever be the same again?

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  1. herkie

    herkie R.I.P.

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    This the Phoenix that is stranded at Sheffield beach. I heard an attempt to get it off the beach will be made on the 30th of August and I am not so sure if it can be done. The ships bow is about 1,5 metres off the ground so it must be lying quite solidly where it is resting on the ocean bed. My question is what effect is it going to have on the beach apart from being ugly, surely the currents will be changed and this could well end up with a beach with very little rock and and none of the beautiful specimens found here left.
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    The crowds visiting the beach is already littering and I have seen so many people trying to catch any fish or hermit they see-to do what with?
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    dont underestimate the power of the ocean and the greed of salvagers.. it will be gone in less than 5 years.. so not a quick solution but in time it will restore itself.

    we had a ship beach on the coast below my work and i tell you it was hammered by the storms so much so that there is nothing left.. it happened about 5 years ago and it was a maize carrier.. the maize littered the rockpools and dide cause the area to be hectically polluted but in under a year it was divable again..
     
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    Nothing worse than taking corals out the ocean and selling them in the shops hay Herkie?
     
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    herkie Thread Starter R.I.P.

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    I did not see any coral removed but with so many people around I am sure it is done. I saw several hermits, several rockskippers and even a small eel was caught. The guy told me he has a fish tank at home and he is going to keep it in there. It turned out to be a FW tank!
     
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    yoh thats a mass concentration of Charou's there.
     
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    On the ship comment.
    Funnily enough, a lot of those rocks were under sand just before the big seas hit.
    Some really nice pools there, hopefully still there once the juvis start coming in again.

    I personally hope the ship sinks just about where it is. Will make a diveable reef in the future
     
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    The ship was on its way to India, to be cut up.
    Maybe the people wanted a lift back to India?

    Must admit, the ship is on top of the beach. Security Guards on Duty.
    Sir, we will watch your car, hmm, mean ship, we can wash it, cheap quickly, sir bargain....
     
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    herkie Thread Starter R.I.P.

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    @ Riaan come visit us and we can maybe get Mekaeel to organise us a inship visit-you never know we might find one of those small golden religious statues worth some bucks. My friend Jeaques found one of them on a local wreck some time ago.
     
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    What a find, golden statue, small but still. Did he get an estimated value?

    I think all valuable items has already been removed. Bare basic stuff left behind. The steel body must be worth a lot.
     
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    herkie Thread Starter R.I.P.

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    I agree 100%. Maybe we must loot this beach coming weekend and run with the steel, pay the bills and then start those dream tanks.
     
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    what beach is this and how do you get there? my wife wants to go take a look, her dad is big into ships
     
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    Its sheffield beach - take the second salt rock turn off - turn right on the bridge then take a left at the sheffield sign and drive a couple km's - the cops cordoned off the road - im not sure if it is open now , so you got to park and walk about 1km :thumbup:
     
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    yup , hectic walk .....
     
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    I am so happy to say the ship was moved off the rocks last weekend and will be sunk off Amanzimtoti at about 2000m depth.
     
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    The worst is this salvage operation cost the taxpayer in excess of 30 million rand.
     
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    why so deep? Why not make a artificial reef of it?
     
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    I grew up in Amanzimtoti / Warner Beach :thumbup:
     
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    Rudi van der Elst recons one of the reasons is that if they sink it inshore, on the continental shelf (<200m), it will provide another reef for fishermen to rape the daga, geelbek and cracker.
     
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    Is she sunk now?
     
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