In 1823, Frances George Farewell (born in 1793) and James
Saunders King set sail on a ship called the "Salisbury" from
Cape Town. They were looking for a site for a new trading
station. They rounded the southern tip of Africa. They
stopped at Delegoa Bay (now known as Port Elizabeth) and
then continued until they reached St Lucia. They then
proceeded South again. A storm arose and a fierce wind drove
the "Salisbury" over a sand bar into the bay of Port Natal.
They decided that this would make the perfect trading station
because there was good timber for building and making masks
for their ships and there were tribes with which they could
King and Farewell then sailed back to Cape Town. King then
went back to England with a chart of Port Natal and Farewell
stayed in Cape Town to persuade some rich merchants to invest
his trading company.