Oh, this is neat — the remains of the King Phillip, a clipper ship that capsized in 1878, are visible on Ocean Beach for the first time this winter, says the Ocean Beach Bulletin. You should come out and take a look!

The King Phillip, reportedly named for the Indian chief who was involved in King Philip’s war in 1675, was anchored off our shore while attempting to assist another ship. However, the anchor failed, and the ship rolled.

No one died in the accident, and the wreckage washed up on Ocean Beach, It was, historians say, sold at auction to a San Francisco businessman named John Molloy for $1,050, who salvaged the metal, masts, and sails, and blew up the hulk, leaving the remains on the beach.

It’s since been covered by layer upon layer of sand, and made rare appearances in the 80’s and again in 2007 (that’s when the video above and slideshow are from). It’s appeared from time to time during several winter seasons since then.

According to OBB, the wreckage is only visible during very low tides. They recommend you come out to Ocean Beach near Noriega Street near twilight if you want to see what there is to see. I am totally heading out that way tonight!

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • kalexa

    I remember seeing this in the early 80’s…I have photos of it. At that time the entire frame of the ship was a few feet above the surface of the sand and you could see the definition of it as a ship, veeing down in the center.
    Also cool are the gravestones at the south end of ocean beach that also appear after rough weather. It’s amazing that these things appear and disappear over the years.

  • kalexa

    I remember seeing this in the early 80’s…I have photos of it. At that time the entire frame of the ship was a few feet above the surface of the sand and you could see the definition of it as a ship, veeing down in the center.
    Also cool are the gravestones at the south end of ocean beach that also appear after rough weather. It’s amazing that these things appear and disappear over the years.

  • tomprete

    There wasn’t much of the ship visible on Friday, but you could see it on the morning low tide as well (though if you want to go right up to it you may get your feet wet). Increasing surf probably means the sands will shift a little over the next few days, which could either uncover more of the King Philip or bury it again.

    Thanks for the nod to the Bulletin, Eve.

  • tomprete

    There wasn’t much of the ship visible on Friday, but you could see it on the morning low tide as well (though if you want to go right up to it you may get your feet wet). Increasing surf probably means the sands will shift a little over the next few days, which could either uncover more of the King Philip or bury it again.

    Thanks for the nod to the Bulletin, Eve.

  • Eve Batey

    Hey, Tom! I noted the same thing — I couldn’t find much Friday, but this morning I got a nice view from the rise right at Noriega (I was in my “good” running shoes so I didn’t head down, oh lord, that sounds pathetic).

  • Eve Batey

    Hey, Tom! I noted the same thing — I couldn’t find much Friday, but this morning I got a nice view from the rise right at Noriega (I was in my “good” running shoes so I didn’t head down, oh lord, that sounds pathetic).