Shipwrecked sailboat that is partially submerged in the sand on Coronado Island. The Hotel Del appears in the background.

Shipwrecked | Breakers Beach, Coronado

An abandoned sail boat stuck in the sandy beach on Coronado Island. The ship has run aground and lays on it’s side half buried in the sand. The hotel Del can be seen in the far distance.

The Story Behind the Photo

I came out this morning to the beach with the plan of shooting the moon set over Point Loma. However I knew from the weather reports that there was likely going to be a heavy marine layer. Also I had been getting up early the prior few days and the coast had been socked in for the sunrise. I decided to come out anyway because you never know. I needed to be at my spot at 5:34 but the moon disappeared behind the clouds maybe 10-20 minutes before that. I didn't get the shot I planned.

However, getting out early gave me ample time to explore the beach and I came across this shipwreck. I knew from my research that Breakers beach often had abandoned ships in the sand, although the military sometimes removes them depending on whether they can get close enough with heavy machinery. This sailboat had obviously been abandoned and half buried for a long time. The juxtaposition with the iconic Hotel Del made me stop and think about the different stories each could tell.

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This photograph is available in a limited edition of 50 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Small prints under 15" on the long dimension are excluded from the edition. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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