Like something out of “Pirates of the Caribbean”….
In 1893 the steamship SS Dicky was washed ashore during a cyclone on what is now known as Dicky Beach, which is north of Caloundra on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. With a crew of 11 and 40 tonnes of sand (don’t ask – I have no idea!) it was initially refloated, but beached again. It was used for local dances until it was accidentally burnt out by a toppled kerosene lamp. Now it serves as a magnet for photographers! There is even a little website about how to photograph it, which I found when I was researching it, today.
While on holiday recently, I saw it mentioned in a tourist brochure and we made a brief visit late one afternoon, on our last day in the area.
I can’t help thinking of it like the ghost ship that comes out of the water in the movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Actually, I’ve seen lots of possibilities in it – a ribcage (stabbed obviously!), an open mouth showing decayed teeth, mountain ridges above a fiord. But with the water swirling around its ‘timbers’ I prefer to think of it as preparing to launch itself into the wide blue yonder.