SS Dicky makes an unexpected return
IT took two days, 15 workers and thousands of dollars to remove the SS Dicky from the beach that bears its name.
But less than six months later, the remains of the historic wreck have risen again.
Beachgoers first noticed the rusty remains of the wreck resurfacing on Saturday.
By yesterday, "the Dicky" - or at least part of it - was back on Dicky Beach.
Local man Tim Gunn said low November tides and gutters had conspired to help the old girl stick her nose above the sand again.
But he said it was no great surprise to anyone who understood beach conditions.
"Even when we were watching them digging it up and cutting it into pieces, one local who's been around a while said 'it will be back'.
"He said the low tides at this time of year and the gutters meant they hadn't gone down deep enough.
"And he was right - she's back!"
The old iron steamboat ran aground in heavy seas 122 years ago and became an icon of the local tourism industry.
It became one of the most photographed sites on the Coast and Mr Gunn said it was already attracting a lot of interest with both locals and visitors.
"I saw eight people down there today taking photos of those little bits of metal sticking up," he said.
"It was so funny.
"They should never have moved it in the first place."