If you click on the picture and enlarge it, you’ll see one end (Dave in a green jersey to one side) and then the other off in the distance, a surfer standing by it. This is how long the ruins of the King Philip stretch.
Originally uploaded by zhadi
I froze my butt off getting this photo ’cause the tide only receded enough to see this much every few minutes, so I had my iPhone poised as I stood thigh deep in the VERY cold water waiting for it to pull back. No wonder my cold came back! But ain’t it cool?
Ocean Beach has a lot of very cool stuff on it for beach happy collectors like myself (if you’ve read my blog over the last few years, you’ll know I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to collecting beach glass and shells), but one of the coolest things is the sporadic appearance of the King Phillip, a clipper ship that was wrecked at high tide off of Ocean Beach in 1878.
According to the news articles I found, it appears every 20 years or so. Since I moved up five years ago, the remains have poked up during low tide three of those five years, most recently this December. The first two times we only saw one end of it (not sure if it was the bow or the stern or the ??? I’m not up on my nautical terms), but yesterday morning both ends of the ship were poking out. It’s kind of like finding dinosaur bones…