One of the main attractions in the Maritime Museum in the Dias Museum Complex is the Dias Caravel. This ship is a replica of the ship Bartolomeu Dias used when he sailed into Mossel Bay in 1488. The caravel was built in Portugal in 1987 and was sailed to South Africa in 1988 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Dias' voyage.
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This is the statue of Bartolomeu Dias in the Dias Museum Complex. Dias was a Portuguese nobleman and explorer. He was the first European to sail around the southern tip of Africa in 1488. On 10 October 1487 King John II of Portugal appointed Dias to sail around Africa to find a trade route to India but also to look for the mythical Prester John. Read more about Prester John on my other blog .