Eduard Bohlen

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Wreck of the Eduard Bohlen on Namibia's Skeleton Coast
Wreck of the Eduard Bohlen on Namibia's Skeleton Coast
Name: Eduard Bohlen
Owner: Woermann-Linie, Hamburg
Route: Hamburg - West Africa
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 75
Completed: January 1891
Fate: Wrecked, 5 September 1909
General characteristics [1]
Type: Passenger/cargo ship
Tonnage: 2,272 GT
Length: 310 ft 6 in (94.64 m)
Beam: 38 ft 1 in (11.61 m)
Speed: 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph)
Capacity: 32 first class and 14 second class passengers

The Eduard Bohlen was a ship that ran aground off the coast of Namibia's Skeleton Coast on September 5, 1909, in a thick fog. Currently the wreck lies in the sand a quarter mile from the shoreline.[2][1]


The ship in 1906.

The ship was a 2,272 gross ton cargo ship with a length of 310 feet. In September 1909, it ran aground in thick fog and wrecked at Conception Bay while on a voyage from Swakopmund to Table Bay.[1] This wreck is said to symbolize the loneliness of Namibia’s coast best. Its remains lie rusting in the sand, partially buried. The wreck was featured in the 2011 television series Wonders of the Universe as well as a 1990s documentary on another vessel lost on the same beach miles away, the MV Dunedin Star.

The Otavi foundered here and sank in 1945.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Ship Descriptions - E". 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay". Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  3. ^ "African Guide". Archived from the original on 2007-04-08. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 

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Coordinates: 23°59′43″S 14°27′26″E / 23.99528°S 14.45722°E / -23.99528; 14.45722