WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM

Zulu Dawn General Lord Chelmsford: For a savage, as for a child, chastisement is sometimes a kindness. Sir Henry Bartle Frere: Let us hope, General, that this will be the final solution to the Zulu problem.
 
HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  GalleryGallery  PublicationsPublications  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  
Latest topics
Cetshwayo kaMpande Early Days
Isandula Collection)
Rorke's Drift VCs
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search
Top posters
90th
 
littlehand
 
Frank Allewell
 
ADMIN
 
1879graves
 
Chelmsfordthescapegoat
 
John
 
rusteze
 
Mr M. Cooper
 
impi
 
Fair Use Notice
Fair use notice. This website may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorised by the copyright owner. We are making such material and images are available in our efforts to advance the understanding of the “Anglo Zulu War of 1879. For educational & recreational purposes. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material, as provided for in UK copyright law. The information is purely for educational and research purposes only. No profit is made from any part of this website. If you hold the copyright on any material on the site, or material refers to you, and you would like it to be removed, please let us know and we will work with you to reach a resolution.
Top posting users this month
SRB1965
 
Frank Allewell
 
rusteze
 
John Young
 
1879graves
 
90th
 
Gardner1879
 
ADMIN
 
Julian Whybra
 
ymob
 
Most active topics
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Durnford was he capable.5
Durnford was he capable. 4
Durnford was he capable.1
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The ammunition question
Durnford was he capable.2
Durnford was he capable. 3
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.

Share | 
 

 Puzzled!!!!

Go down 
AuthorMessage
warrior3



Posts : 91
Join date : 2010-06-28
Age : 53
Location : Maidstone, Kent

PostSubject: Puzzled!!!!   Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:33 am

Hi everyone.
Has anybody out there in forum land have in their collection a photogragh of Fugitive's Drift with the river in full flood? I've been lucky enough to have been to the drift four times now, but my visits have been in the dry season. Considering the extreme difficulty that the Fugitive's experienced in crossing that river on the 22nd January, 1879, I'm amazed that no author has actually given us a perspective, in a photo, of what the drift would have looked like back then! Can someone help out please?
Cheers
Back to top Go down
Guest
Guest



PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:01 pm

W3, I've seen a black-and-white photo in a book, showing the Buffalo river in full flood, the image itself focussing on the rock Melvill clung to, just breaking the surface of the water. I'll try to locate it.
Back to top Go down
barry

avatar

Posts : 861
Join date : 2011-10-21
Location : Algoa Bay

PostSubject: Mzinyathi in spate   Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:05 pm


Hi warrior3,

I have seen it in spate.
Iimagine a river level 1.5-2.5m higher than in the winter months, and with a very strong current.This will mean that in some places the banks will overflow and width will increase 4-5 X.
I have seen a picture of this somewhere recently and will post it shortly.


barry
Back to top Go down
Frank Allewell

avatar

Posts : 6784
Join date : 2009-09-21
Age : 71
Location : Cape Town South Africa

PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:26 pm

Ive seen the river in flood. The plain on the Natal side was flooded up to the beginning of the slope on the road. Only a couple of feet deep but strong with lots of eddies. The 'Dry Spruit" was backed up for around 200 meters. The width the fugitives would have crossed was at least 75 metres. Thats why the 'Coffin Rock' story doesnt work. Its far to close to the Zulu bank.

Regards
Back to top Go down
Guest
Guest



PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:35 pm

W3, page 241 in the book 'The Zulu War: Then And Now.' by Ian Knight, Ian Castle. On this page it shows two newspaper engravings - one showing Melvill at the rock with the Colour, the second is of the large boulder midstream. In the bottom right corner of the page is a b&w photo showing the river high with the top of the rock just visible above the surface of the water.
Back to top Go down
warrior3



Posts : 91
Join date : 2010-06-28
Age : 53
Location : Maidstone, Kent

PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:08 pm

Colin J.
Thanks, but that's not a very good picture . I've been told that the river rises above the shrubs that line the the bank on the opposite side.
Cheers
Back to top Go down
ADMIN

avatar

Posts : 3732
Join date : 2008-11-01
Age : 59
Location : KENT

PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:02 pm

"With help of my revolver and a wild jump down the rocks I found myself in the Buffalo River, which was in flood and eighty yards broad. I was carried away, but luckily got hold of the tail of a loose horse, which towed me across to the other bank,"

Smith- Dorrient puts it at 80 Yards.
Back to top Go down
http://www.1879zuluwar.com
runner2



Posts : 63
Join date : 2010-12-06

PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:06 pm

Hi
I'm also very interested in seeing a photogragh of the river in spate at the drift. Like, Warrior3, I've been there a few times, but, again, in the winter months. Yes, it is puzzling as to why there's not one picture of the river showing us what it would've been like on the day of the battle. Very strange.
Back to top Go down
barry

avatar

Posts : 861
Join date : 2011-10-21
Location : Algoa Bay

PostSubject: mZinyathi in flood   Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:22 pm


Hi runner2,

Maybe the partial answer to the dearth of flood pictures of the mZinyathi at Fugitives Drift is because of the bad conditions in the wet season many people avoid going there.

barry
Back to top Go down
barry

avatar

Posts : 861
Join date : 2011-10-21
Location : Algoa Bay

PostSubject: Depth of flood water at Fugitives Drift   Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:13 pm


Hi All,

We have been hearing some personal eyewitness accounts of a flooded mZinyathi at Fugitives Drift being 75 -80m wide. Now, allowing for storm surge, lets assume it goes to 150m wide, even momentarily.
Simple measurement across the contours there will show that the rise in the river level in that extreme case will be about 3-4m above the normal level.
This rise in water level and flood pressure would no doubt have drastically reshaped the banks of that river, and any low lying ground adjacent to the banks, hence the apparent shift in the location of Coffin Rock vis-a-vis the two banks.

So, in view of this, summer storms would not have had serious consequences for graves and monuments above the 6m mark., other than the normal flow of storm water off the surrounding slopes damaging and misplacing some surface markings.

barry

Back to top Go down
runner2



Posts : 63
Join date : 2010-12-06

PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:59 pm

Hi Barry
Yeah, I take your point about the weather conditions at that time of the year, but, there must be someone out there who has a photo!
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Puzzled!!!!   

Back to top Go down
 
Puzzled!!!!
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM  :: GENERAL DISCUSSION AREA-
Jump to: