About Maritime Museum

View a life-sized replica of the caravel that brought master mariner and explorer Bartolomeu Dias to the shores of Mossel Bay from Portugal.

Diaz is reputed to be the first European explorer to set foot on South African soil in Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. He named Mossel Bay ‘The Watering Place of Saint Blaize’ after collecting fresh water from the spring on the day of the patron Saint Blaize. Today the spring still flows and can be seen in the Diaz Museum complex grounds.

The caravel replica sailed into Mossel Bay in 1987 with much festivity, a gift from the Government of Portugal. Another treasure is a 1595 map of Mossel Bay by the early Dutch sailor, Cornelius de Houtman. Also on view are interesting artefacts and displays of maritime history during the time of the early Portuguese, Dutch and English navigators.

Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:45
Public Holidays and Weekends 09:00 – 15:45

1 Market Street, Mossel Bay
+27 (0) 44 691 1067

+27 (0) 44 691 1067
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Reviews for Maritime Museum

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Alan Nicholls
02 April 2014

Fascinating and very informative. A must do for every South African

Andrew Mackenzie
03 January 2014


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*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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