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Dolos Breakwater Block Memorial, East London Harbour
East London, Eastern Cape

Date:n.d.
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
33°01'26.13" S 27°54'34.13" E

Transcript of bronze plaque:

DIE DOLOS GOLFBREKERBLOK
IS IN 1963 IN OOS-LONDEN
ONTWERP DEUR
MNR. E. M. MERRIFIELD HAWE-INGENIEUR.
----- ----- -----
THE DOLOS BREAKWATER BLOCK
WAS DESIGNED
IN EAST LONDON IN 1963 BY
MR. E. M. MERRIFIELD HARBOUR ENGINEER.

The context of the memorial in relation to the Harbour entrance, has recently been negatively affected by the construction of a large canopy (over the adjacent Guard House). One of the steel support columns of the canopy was insensitively placed so as to block a direct view of the memorial.

(MARTINSON)

A dolos is a concrete block in a complex geometric shape weighing up to 20 tons, used in great numbers to protect harbour walls from the erosive force of ocean waves. They were developed in East London in 1963 by EM MERRIFIELD and are found in millions around the world.

(Wikipedia)

See also the Dolos Casting Yard