The image was collected at 500 kHz and with a 50m Scan Range , using the System 2000.



The Maori was a steam freighter built in 1893, with a registered tonnage of 5317 tons gross, and was owned by Shaw Savill Company. She was wrecked near Cape Town on 5 August 1909 while en route from London to Dunedin in New Zealand with a general cargo which included crockery, wine and champagne, explosives, and railway tracks.

At 11.30pm on 4 August 1909 she left Table Bay after taking on coal at Cape Town . Little over an hour later - 12.40am on 5 August - the Maori went aground on the rocks at Duiker Point, near Llandudno. Six crewmen drowned in the surf after the lifeboat they were attempting to reach the shore in capsized. Most of the rest of the crew were rescued from the wreck by rocket apparatus.

She has become one of the most popular dive sites in Cape Town . She was even dived by Jaques Cousteau in the 1960's !


Special thanks to Mr. John Gribble of SAHRA (South African Heritage Resources Agency) for the use of the images and the story and, Philippe Van Den Bossche and the Marine Geoscience Unit in South Africa for the data capture.

Diving on the Maori

Another view


The wreck lies in a well sheltered bay about 75m offshore with her stern to the land side and bow seawards. She has remained in very good condition and even Jacques Cousteau thought her the best preserved wreck of her vintage.

Average depth: 20m

 Maximum depth: 25m

How to get there:
It is only a short trip from
Hout Bay Harbour and most dive shops and charters dive this site during summer. The other nice thing is that you get a free trip past seal island on the way there. Great fun if you're into seals.