by John H Marsh
The following is an extract from an article written by John H Marsh in 1967 which included notes about how the Northern coastal strip of the Namib desert became known as the "Skeleton Coast"
The "Skeleton Coast" Story By John H. Marsh (Copyright)
HISTORY' S MOST DRAMATIC SHIPWRECK-AND-RESCUE DRAMA TOOK PLACE ON THE SOUTH WEST AFRICAN COAST 25 YEARS AGO
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO this year (1967) history's most dramatic ship- wreck-and-rescue drama took place on the coast of South West Africa.
And there seems every likelihood that the incident that resulted in that shore becoming known the world over as Skeleton Coast will remain the classic of its kind for all time.
The name Skeleton Coast was invented by the author as the title for the book he wrote chronicling the story. Since the book was first published in l944 it has become so well-known that the coast is now generally referred to as Skeleton Coast and is given that as its official name on most maps today.
Article by John H.Marsh, Johannesburg. Strictly copyright.
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