Power Of Last Winter’s Storms Evident As Wreck Moved Up Beach

The remains of the boiler from the Gem paddle steamer.

The remains of the boiler from the Gem paddle steamer.

A St Mary’s wreck explorer says you can see a visible demonstration of the power of last winter’s storms just below the golf course.

Todd Stevens says he went to check on the 2-tonne iron boiler from what’s thought to be the wreck of the paddle steamer, Gem, for the first time this year.

It’s normally visible at low tide, on the water line, near Taylor’s Island.

But he said it had gone, until he realised it had been pushed around 100m up the beach.

Todd says it’s amazing that it’s the first time it’s moved significantly since the ship was wrecked there in 1881.

And it wasn’t just pushed along the beach – the sea actually moved it up an incline to the base of the cliffs and has broken it into several pieces.

Todd says there’s a good chance to spot other debris from the wreck, because a lot of pieces are now coming ashore.