Every now and then the sands on the beach shift just right,
revealing a shipwreck more than 100 years old.
The Emily G. Reed ran aground in 1908, and claimed the lives of eight crewmen. The shifting sands reclaimed a portion of the ship, hiding it just a few feet from downtown Rockaway Beach.
The 2015-foot sailing vessel wrecked on a dark, cloudy Valentines Day morning, after being out at sea for 102 days. It was headed for Portland from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The Captain, his wife and four crewman managed to survive as the ship broke apart and swam ashore at low tide. Four of the other 11 crewman, not realizing how close to shore they were, climbed into a lifeboat and drifted north. Three of them were found 200 miles away; the fourth crewman had died.
When the wreckage is uncovered, passer byers are encouraged to take photographs but removing anything is illegal.