Granger Bay was named after a Captain Robert Granger, a merchant and owner of five ships.
In 1647 a ship named the Haarlem ran aground at what was later named Granger Bay and 62 VOC sailors survived there for a year from the available resources and from the soil. Their home was a fort made from the ship's salvage.
This experience and their subsequent report may have played a role in the VOC’s decision to establish a supply base at the Cape.
The fleet that picked up the Haarlem castaways included a young company merchant, Jan van Riebeeck. Van Riebeeck was returning to Holland in disgrace, accused of private trading. He later volunteered to lead the expedition to the Cape to establish a permanent base.
Slipway at Oceana Power Boat Club in Granger Bay (photo: Peter Southwood)
- Decimal degrees: -33.900559 (Latitude) 18.417858 (Longitude)
- Degrees, Minutes & Seconds: S33 54 02 (Latitude) E18 25 04 (Longitude)
- GPS: S 33 54.034 (Latitude) E 18 25.071 (Longitude)
- UTM: 34S 261237 (X) 6245868 (Y)
Beach Road, Granger Bay, Cape Town
... also in the Granger Bay.
- Iziko Museums of South Africa. 2016. Sv. 'Bertram House'. http://www.iziko.org.za/museums/bertram-house (accessed 10 February 2016).