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Danger Point, Gansbaaai, South Africa

This lighthouse marks Danger Point, infamous after the sinking of the HMS Birkenhead in 1852 where we get the Birkenhead Drill... as in 'women and children first'...also immortalised by Kipling in Soldier and Sailor too...with the line, 'To stand and be still to the Birken'ead Drill is a damn tough bullet to chew' as the men stood on the deck whilst the ship broke up around them. 445 of 638 died that night (it happened at 2am), many drowned, others fell victim to the Great White's that frequent the bay.

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...What makes this photo standout for me are the number of ghostly faces I see in the clouds and given the reason for the lighthouse being there, it gives me the chills sometimes. So how many can you see?