3 ANCHOR BAY
Three Anchor Bay has been used as a mooring and launch point since 1661.
- Heading further along the coast, the next place of interest is Three Anchor Bay. A convenient inlet, Three Anchor Bay has been used as a mooring and launch point since 1661. These days it has large sea walls protecting the bay from Atlantic storms, making is a convenient launching point for craft such as surf skis, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
- It received its name early on from a defensive chain that stretched across the bay. This was held in place by three anchors.
- Three Anchor Bay is close to the Mouille Point lighthouse. Three Anchor Bay and Mouille Point were originally on a farm known as De Waterplaats, which stretched back to the city centre.
- The lighthouse was built in 1824, and is the first solid structure lighthouse on the South African coast, and is the oldest lighthouse in the country. It was raised to its present height in 1865, and its light range is 22 nautical miles.
- A foghorn was installed in 1922, despite complaints of the residents! It still booms out every time a fog encloses the coastline, and people still complain.
- In 1966 the SA Seafarer ran aground off the Three Anchor Bay coast; the lighthouse beam was focussed on the vessel to aid in rescue operations.