The ship bell of the SS Mendi discovered decades after the ship went down

The bell of a ship that killed 616 South Africans, the SS Mendi, has been found. The ship went missing decades ago carrying soldiers who had gone to fight in the first world war.

The author of a book We die like brothers: The sinking of the SS Mendi, John Gribble, says the bell had been on the seabed for decades because it is believed it went down with the ship.

It is reported that a British radio broadcaster received an anonymous tip of the whereabouts of the bell. Gribble says it seems someone must have found the bell years ago.

The shipwreck was found by divers in 1976.

He says the wreck had no legal protection and divers would go down to it and take some of the items from it. Some items were kept in museums and pubs. He suspects that the bell was also found by one of the divers who lilely kept it.

Read: Story of SS Mendi comes to life in new film

Read: SA soldiers who died in SS Mendi tragedy remembered

Also read: Book 'Dancing the Death Drill' re-imagines sinking of the SS Mendi 100 years ago

When doing research for the book, divers often scratched their heads about the fact that the bell had never been recovered.

John Gribble, author of a book We die like brothers: The sinking of the SS Mendi

Now we know that it was probable recovered about 20-30 years ago and its been sitting in someones house.

John Gribble, author of a book We die like brothers: The sinking of the SS Mendi

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : The ship bell of the SS Mendi discovered decades after the ship went down


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Widespread remembrance for SS Mendi troops, says SA Naval Museum curator

Widespread remembrance for SS Mendi troops, says SA Naval Museum curator

SA Naval Museum curator of Lieutenant-Commander Leon Steyn says the tragic incident has been remembered across the nation.

Book 'Dancing the Death Drill' re-imagines sinking of the SS Mendi 100 years ago

Book 'Dancing the Death Drill' re-imagines sinking of the SS Mendi 100 years ago

Today the world commemorates the passing of over 600 black troops who sank with the passenger steamship SS Mendi in 1917.

SA soldiers who died in SS Mendi tragedy remembered

SA soldiers who died in SS Mendi tragedy remembered

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi in which more than 600 black South African soldiers died.

President Jacob Zuma's entire State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma's entire State of the Nation Address

Here is the entire State of the Nation Address by Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa.

Remembering black troops who died 100 years ago

Remembering black troops who died 100 years ago

Today marks the commemoration of the 100 years of the Battle of Deville Wood where about 13 700 South Africans lost their lives.

President Zuma bestows National Orders in Pretoria

President Zuma bestows National Orders in Pretoria

President Jacob Zuma bestowed the National Orders at a ceremony in Pretoria. Here is a list of recipients and an explanation of each Order.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach withdraws her candidacy for NDPP post

[LISTEN] DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach withdraws her candidacy for NDPP post

Breytenbach was one of 12 candidates shortlisted for the position.

SA is falling in love with Telkom Mobile (6.5m users, 50% up on 6 months ago)

SA is falling in love with Telkom Mobile (6.5m users, 50% up on 6 months ago)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko.

Self-driving Merc returns to Chapman’s Peak to beat the bends in stirring new ad

Self-driving Merc returns to Chapman’s Peak to beat the bends in stirring new ad

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews branding and advertising expert Andy Rice about Merc's stirring new ad.

Former state security boss Mo Shaik on why minister is revetting spies

Former state security boss Mo Shaik on why minister is revetting spies

State Security Minister, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, has announced that all agents and staff of SSA will be re-vetted.

'I don’t spend much. I drive an old car. I’ve never been in debt'

'I don’t spend much. I drive an old car. I’ve never been in debt'

Bruce Whitfield interviews analyst Chris Gilmour about his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

[LISTEN] Steinhoff explained: 100 times more looted in Steinhoff saga than VBS

[LISTEN] Steinhoff explained: 100 times more looted in Steinhoff saga than VBS

Steinhoff’s Web of Deception: An Explainer with Financial Mail journalist Warren Thompson.