Panorama of the Knysna River and the defile through which it flows into the sea.

[In lower margin, hand G:]
Rivier dewelke haar oorsprong in het lange cloofs gebergte heeft, en maar 2 mylen loop heeft, egter veel water krygt. de ebb en vloed. gaat hier sterk, en moet men om die te passeren, tot de ebb wagten. sy hiet op zig hottentots Neissena. en is dese mondt 2½ myl bewesten plettenbergs baay.

het strand is hier steil rotsig, dus sterk brandendt. in dese streek is schoon timmerhoudt. in swaare bossen van hoge opgaande boomen van africaans houtgewas, egter de wegen zeer moejelyk R:J: Gordon.

[within the image, hand G:]
oost half zuid.

dese poort. in het zuid ten oosten half oost hier sou men uit zee ter naauwer noot met een schuit kunnen inkomen.

west half zuid.

[In lower margin, hand G:]
River which has its origin in the Langkloof mountains and runs for only two miles but gets much water. The ebb and flow are strong here, and one must wait for the ebb to cross it. In the Hottentot language it is called Knysna and this mouth is 2½ miles west of Plettenberg Bay.

The shore here is steep and rocky here, and thus there are strong breakers. There is excellent timber in this area in thick forests of high ascending trees of African hardwood; but the roads are extremely difficult.

[within the image, hand G:]
East half south

This defile in the south by east half east; it could just be entered with difficulty from the sea in a skiff.

west half south

Object data

  • Place: Knysna River estuary
  • Date: 16th February 1778
  • Gordon records making this drawing in his journal for 16th February 1778.

  • Size: h 30 cm × w 201 cm
  • Object nummer: RP-T-1914-17-40