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Feb 06 2008

Kommetjie (Slangkop Radio Station)

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Kommetjie - Slangkop LighthouseDuring the war years the Post Office operated this early warning radio station by Morse Code. The primary use of the station was to receive SOS signals from merchant ships that were torpedoed by German U-boats off the Cape coast.

When such SOS’s were received MTB boats were dispatched from Simonstown to rescue the sailors that were in distress. It is also a know fact that most of the merchant ships sank, with a huge loss of life.

After the war, one of the MTB’s was converted to take passengers to Seal Island in False Bay. She was called Iona.

The radio station was closed after the war and reallocated to Fisantekraal. The Navy later built there early warning system in Silvermine mountain.

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One Reply to “Kommetjie (Slangkop Radio Station)”

  1. thys heyns says:

    Hello. I work at the current slangkop centre. There isn’t much history to be found about the station. Do you have more infor for me pls.

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