Katelyn Wall

Photographers' last chance to capture iconic SS Dicky

THE SS Dicky is literally a shell of her former majestic self, but photographer Katelyn Wall continues to find beauty in her rusty exterior.

Like many professional and hobby photographers, Ms Wall has captured the Dicky Beach icon many times.

The 25-year-old Highworth resident has fond memories of visiting the wreck site on holidays as a youngster and, despite the 35-minute drive, has captured its unique beauty through her Nikon lens a couple of dozen times since moving to the Coast hinterland six years ago.


Sunshine Coast Council is to begin relocating the wreck on July 30 for safety reasons.

Although it was something Ms Wall could agree with, she said it was akin to taking away the Big Pineapple.

"When people think of the Sunshine Coast they think of Noosa, the Big Pineapple and the Dicky wreck," she said.

"People come here from all over just to photograph the wreck, it is something different to a waterfall or a general beachscape."


The SS Dicky holds a special place in Ms Wall's heart.

She came second in the national My Region photography competition with an image of the wreck and holds fond memories of taking friends from South Australia there during a storm a few years ago.

"We decided to go out anyway and I took my camera to get photos of my friends and ended up shooting the Dicky," she said.

"A beautiful rainbow came out just behind the wreck and the photos were amazing."

FAREWELL: Katelyn Wall is calling on photographers to give the SS Dicky one last hurrah.
FAREWELL: Katelyn Wall is calling on photographers to give the SS Dicky one last hurrah.

A council spokesperson said the first stage of the $180,000 relocation works would involve removing and relocating key wreck pieces of the ship's stern and starboard ribs in conjunction with the council's archaeological consultant.

"As part of the strategy for the long-term management of the SS Dicky wreck that was endorsed by council on June 18, the exposed upper portions of the wreck will be removed along with ongoing removal of loose wreckage as it becomes more exposed," he said.

"The main portion of the wreck will remain buried beneath the beach.

"A wreck interpretation display will be developed as part of a park landscape plan for the Dicky Beach Park Precinct and the removed pieces not used in the display will be conserved and stored.

"The display will include a short film featuring community memories of the SS Dicky as well as a mobile display. Display options for this are still in design phase."

The S.S. Dicky ran aground on a beach near Caloundra on February 4,
The S.S. Dicky ran aground on a beach near Caloundra on February 4,

The spokesperson said construction of the new interpretive display structure and the duration of those works would depend on the outcome of the design process for the park precinct.

Although the Dicky will not be moving too far from the place it has called home since the early 1900s, Ms Wall has organised a gathering to give her the send-off she deserves.

Almost 40 people have already accepted a social media invitation for photographers of all skill levels - even mobile phone-wielding ones - to a sunrise photo shoot at 5am on July 19.

"The tide will be incoming, sunrise just after 6am and there will be lots of others, so bring your patience too," she said.

To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/qe89xau.

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