Low Tides Reveal SF Ocean Beach Shipwreck

CBS San Francisco
CBC San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) - Visitors who flocked to San Francisco's Ocean Beach because of Thursday's warmer temperatures were also treated to a glimpse of history as an old shipwreck once again became visible from the shoreline.

The King Phillip was a 19th Century cargo ship that ran aground in heavy surf on January 25th, 1878. It is rarely visible.

"I've been walking here for about 40 years and this is the first time that I've seen it," said one woman.

Listen to the KCBS radio report.

The heavy storms earlier in the month stripped the beach of much of its sand, and the tides were especially low Thursday.

The wreck is visible on Ocean Beach off of the Great Highway at the end of Noriega Street.

Photo caption: The 133-year-old King Philip clipper ship at Ocean Beach is only visible when the tide is low. (KCBS)