A 128-year-old shipwreck stuck on an Australian beach has been fully uncovered by the choppy seas and wind.
The Buster was wrecked on the sands of Wooloogla’s main beach in 1893 during a trip from Nova Scotia to New Zealand to deliver timber.
The 39m boat, which has become a treasured part of the New South Wales community, gets exposed by the tide and rainfall every few years.
This year particular inclement weather has exposed The Buster more thoroughly than ever before.
“Occasionally it’s exposed, (but I’ve) never seen it this exposed,” one local told ABC.
Archaeologist Brad Duncan described it as “one of the best preserved wrecks” anywhere in the world.
The tourist attraction was somewhat ironically wrecked on the beach by what used to be the area’s biggest pull – a 1557 foot long government pier which draw a lot of shipping traffic to the area.
The Buster’s crew had tied her to the pier during a storm and thrown two anchors down, so concerned were they that the swell would take the vessel back out to sea.
Ferocious winds ended up driving The Buster towards the beach where she crashed and was driven into the sand.
Back in 2019 the ship was damaged when a joyride along the beach saw it get struck.
Early morning walkers along Woolgoolga’s main beach were furious to find two pieces of the treasured wreck broken from the main structure the following day, ABC reported.
“It’s pretty devastating news for Woolgoolga (with Buster) being such a large part of its local history and maritime history,” resident Sam Newman said at the time.