Wreck of the King Phillip


Originally uploaded by zhadi

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…