This image is from the MyPE Editor’s Flickr Account – offering some topical daily images from a phone smarter than Alan, occasional images from a DSLR and scanned images of Port Elizabeth as he wanders around the Bay pretending to know a lot and sometimes succeeding in making a complete hash of it!
Father of the Port
Image by awstraton
Captain Francis Evatt was born in Ireland in 1770 and arrived at the Cape in 1806 with a detachment of the 21st Light Dragoons. Capatin Evatt is considered the Father of the Port.
In 1817 he was appointed Commandant of Fort Frederick at a salary of 90 Pounds a year – a position he occupied until his death.
His tombstone bears the following epitaph:
Sacred to the Memory of Captain Francis Evatt
34 years Commandant at Fort Frederick, Algoa Bay. He died on the 21st March, 1850, aged 80 years, having served his country upwards of half a century, 38 years of which he was resident in this town, the British Settlers were landed under his superintendence and treated by him with every kindness and hospitality. He found this port a military outpost and lived to see it become the second commercial town of the Cape of Good Hope.
This image is randomly selected from an ever growing repository of publicly available images taken in and around Port Elizabeth.
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