n Cabo - Francis Rose - a second Woltemade

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


For 20 years Mrs Ida Bristow has been battling to gain recognition for Francis Rose, the English youth of Cape Town who, in 1821, repeated the gallant action of Wolraad Woltemade and rode his horse into the turbulent surf of Table Bay to rescue the crew of a wrecked ship. On the night of January 3rd, 1821, a wild north-west gale swept over the bay and a Danish ship, the Indian packet, was driven ashore at the mouth of the Salt River. Francis fetched his horse and swam it out time and again into the stormy sea until he had rescued all the crew, but on his last trip, the exhausted horse sank and both rider and horse were drowned.

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