El cementerio de barcos de la Costa de los Esqueletos


La Costa de los Esqueletos es uno de los lugares más fascinantes y turbadores del continente africano. Allí, donde el desierto de Namibia se funde con las aguas del Océano Atlántico, se halla un espectacular cementerio de barcos hundidos, oxidados y herrumbrosos que, como si fueran monstruos marinos derrotados y varados en la arena, excitan la imaginación de los viajeros.

A lo largo de un litoral de casi 200 kilómetros, desde la desembocadura del río Kunene hasta la del río Swakop, ya en Angola, se suceden una serie de pecios que cuentan historias trágicas de naufragios.


El nombre de la Costa de los Esqueletos se llama así por las montañas de huesos que se alineaban en las playas, el resultado de largas campañas de caza de ballenas y focas. La leyenda dice que muchos de esos esqueletos eran también humanos, los de los desdichados marineros que morían de hambre y sed tratando de huir de sus barcos encallados en la arena para siempre.

De los muchos restos de naufragios que aquí se amontonan, algunos son apenas reconocibles, aunque otros todavía están en muy buenas condiciones.


Los nombres de estos barcos perdidos evocan todo tipo de aventuras e invitan a imaginar cómo fue la vida de los hombres que se embarcaron en ellos en un viaje hacia la muerte: Dunedin Star, Islander, Suiderkus, Sir Charles Elliot, Kaio Maru, The Seal, Luanda, Toscanini, Atlantic Pride, Torra Bay...

En esta zona del océano la corriente fría de Benguela da lugar a densas nieblas oceánicas densos (los mortíferas cassimbo) que, combinadas con fuertes oleajes suponen una trampa mortal para la navegación. Los marinos y descubridores portugueses de los siglos XV y XVI llamaban a este lugar “Las puertas del infierno”. Aún hoy, cuando ya no se producen apenas incidentes en la región, estas playas siguen dando escalofríos.

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Escrito por Daniel Terrasa el 2 diciembre, 2013 | 7 comentarios
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Marcelo Ladron De Guevara Fuenzalida | 31 de diciembre de 2013 | 1:03 am

Excelentes imagenes, si tienen mas , agradecere enviar a mi correo, desde ya muchas gracias,

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