For the first time in two weeks at sea, I’m glad to be experiencing some of the rigours (but none of the shipping disasters) of sailing along the infamous Skeleton Coast of South West Namibia.
I wake to see white waves extending from the bow along the whole length of the ship sparkling in the sunshine. Great feeling, sitting propped up against three pillows with my soft-boiled eggs, a pot of tea, and the satellite edition of ‘The Australian’ looking out on this scene.
The small town of Lüderitz is wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard. Because of its location, it’s not on many itineraries, but this is our destination today. This sleepy settlement was placed under the protection of Chancellor Bismarck who assumed German control of the whole of South West Africa from the late 19th Century to World War I.