The last remaining pieces of the skeleton of the S.S. Dicky fight valiantly against the power of the elements of both time and mother nature. A battle we know cannot be won.
An iron steamboat, it is believed the Dicky was built in Germany. Not much else is known for certain. But she was certainly forced on to the shore by a cyclone and high seas in 1893, carrying 40 tonnes of sand and 11 passengers and crew. The sand dispersed and the people were all brought safely to the beach.
The Dicky was even refloated successfully, but to the beach she quickly returned, this time never to be moved.
It is believed a subsequent inquiry found that her loss was due to negligent navigation and the master lost his certificate for three months, but perhaps her story lacked glamour and action enough to become part of folklore.
Her rusty ribs protrude as she is slowly enveloped in the sand and devoured by the air, but she remains part of the beach and the Sunshine Coast community and is possibly one of the world’s most photographed wrecks. Her rugged, jagged beauty continues to intrigue.
Located on Dicky Beach, a suburb of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Dicky Beach remains the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck.