Sunday morning's San Diego Union-Tribune contained a fascinating story by Scott Lafee titled "Tide, storms expose gaming ship." Mr. Lafee wrote:
The S.S. Monte Carlo, a gambling ship that has been breaking apart in the surf off Coronado for the past 73 years, was further exposed yesterday during a negative tide and after recent storms moved sand. Photo by John Gastaldo / Union-Tribune
Isn't this a great photo?
The article continues with the history and folklore of the Monte Carlo and some interesting data about concrete ships. And a small mention of the Coronado maintenance worker sent out to insure that the exposed vessel would be safe for inquiring minds and bare feet.
Then at a gathering on Sunday afternoon, I was informed by several of the guests that there was much more to the story. The workman was sent out to slay the dangers of exposed re-bar and sharp objects that might protrude from the vessel and injure an exploring adventurer. The sand goes down, the ship comes up and everyone is there to investigate it for themselves. So Scott Huth, Director of Public Services for the City of Coronado, wanted to be sure that these looky-loos would be safe and sent in the one-man team.
The man arrives and parks his truck on the sand, very near the wreck he is working on. But working hard on the task at hand, the lone worker did not notice the tide creeping up on the tires of his vehicle and eroding the sand beneath them. And when he did, he could not move the truck because the tires had sunk and were stuck in the mucky sand. And this sand wasn't giving up its victim. I can't remember everything I was told but there was something about a tow line or strap that was much too small and did not do the job. It seemed that nearly everyone was on the beach that day and everyone was watching this poor man and his dilemma.
Finally, as in any good movie, the military came to the rescue and towed the truck out! Had they not, we would have had TWO old wrecks on Coronado Beach . . . and two great stories.
I asked if anyone had taken photos, but who's expecting to see this kind of excitement on a leisurely stroll down the beach? So the answer was no and I thought that was the end of the story. But in reading this article on-line, a commenter calling himself "MrKevinSD" provided some very nice photos! Thank you Sir!