Shifting currents reveal remains of clipper ship

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A nautical mystery emerged on a municipal beach as shifting seas revealed two large pieces of a wrecked 19th century clipper ship that is usually hidden by sand.

Two V-shaped wooden frames from the bow and the stern of the ship, each about 10 feet long, jutted above the shoreline Monday at low tide.

Historians believe the pieces belonged to the three-masted clipper ship King Philip, which foundered on the beach in 1878 when its anchor didn’t hold.


Everyone on board escaped.

The ship last appeared in 1980, when El Nino currents washed away a large amount of sand.