Capilano Honey Tin Washes Up In South Africa


Along South Africa’s picturesque southern coastline, half-way between Cape Town in the west and Port Elizabeth in the east, lays the small seaside vacation town of Vleesbaai (sometimes known as Vlees Bay). It was here, during the summer of 1969, that the Jordaan family first became aware of the Australian company Capilano Honey. During an afternoon beach stroll near the family holiday home they discovered a Capilano Honey tin washed up on the sand.

At the time, the company was still known as Smith’s Capilano Honey, named after its founder’s apiarist Tim Smith and his brother Bert. The tin was undamaged with the lid still firmly in place and the family were amazed to find it full of honey—in perfect condition.

Over the years the honey was consumed, the lid was lost and the tin grew rusty, but for 45 years the Jordaan family have often wondered about the mysterious honey tin they found themselves in possession of.

Was it left on the beach by a visiting Aussie tourist? Did it fall overboard during a treacherous sea voyage? Did it travel over ten thousand kilometres across the Indian Ocean from the West Australian coastline?

It is likely the answer to how the tin came to be on this quiet beach will be never known, but for Leon Jordaan some of his curiosity about the Capilano Honey tin was satisfied after he made contact with the company recently.

After searching for Capilano Honey online, Leon was “astonished to find Capilano still going strong.”

It was with great pleasure that the company responded to Leon to let him know that Capilano had just celebrated its 60th birthday last year.

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