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A sudden squall? The lightning, the frayed hawsers, or something not observed by me, probably makes this scene seem much more dramatic than there is observable reasons to consider it. A fantastic photograph.

I had not heard of the "Cape Doctor", and I therefore looked it up in Wikipedia, so for others as ignorant as me: "Cape Doctor" is the local name for the strong, often persistent and dry south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer (September to March in the southern hemisphere). It is known as the Cape Doctor because of a local belief that it clears Cape Town of pollution and 'pestilence'.
 

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In the distance is the Port Line PORT CAROLINE or her sister PORT CHALMERS and I can't quite make out the name of the Salenederierna A/B (Sven Salen) vessel.

Great photo, I'm surprised that we don't see similar photos or at least recent photos of when the wind gusts like this in Cape Town harbour.

The "Cape Doctor", well you learn something new everyday.

Sean
 

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the infamous - cape doctor - one of the factors - that bring the table cloth on table mountain - i have a series of images - taken prior to my achille lauro cruise - when the little gem of a ship - mermoz - battled in exactly the same conditions to sail - the union castle liners were some times prevented from sailing - back in the day - in such conditions - recently the qm 2 was delayed from sailing as was the msc orchestra - due to that cape doctor !
 

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A far more impressive image in 1971 black and white than it would be in 2020 colour.
 

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