Friday, January 27, 2012

Kanonkop in Montagu

 The best views of the town of Montagu are from the top of Kanonkop (Cannon Hill).  The story goes that the original cannon which stood on this spot and dated from the 1800 was used at some stage for a salute of honor which went horribly wrong and caused a young man from the town to loose both his arms.  The farmers then pushed the cannon over the edge of the hill.  20 years later it was retrieved to be fired again, but this time the whole cannon exploded and its spot stood empty until it was replaced by the present one.   This cannon was taken out of the sea in Simon's Town in 1988 after spending over 200 years on the ocean floor.

 The view of the western side of Montagu looking towards Kogmanskloof

Looking over the rest of Montagu with the landmark Dutch Reformed Church right in the middle of the picture.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Jonker! I have missed so many of your posts and will be doing my best to play 'catch up' over the next couple of days, along with everyone else's that I've missed. I so enjoyed reading the story behind the two Montagu cannons. What a tale! As always, your post is informative and pithy and your pictures, beautiful! I trust you and your family (pups included!) are all keeping happy and well in PE. May 2012 hold many rich blessings for all of you. And thank you so much for your exceedingly kind and sympathetic comment on my last post. Now, go and give your pups some extra attention :)

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  2. It's a beautiful view into the valley. The canon story is rather unusual.

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  3. Oh dear! I've been missing in action again! Will try and be better! :) Once again, and interesting story to tell!

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