The Relic

When I first hear the word “Relic” I think of something very old.  Someone or something that maybe an antique or part of history, from  a very long time ago.  Funny thing is lately I have been referred to as someone’s Grandma.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being called a Grandma,  I am a Gramma of a wonderful little baby boy.  Also, I would be very proud as this person’s relative.  She is a wonderfully, talented young woman and I am very proud she is my BFF’s daughter.  Maybe it’s the gray hair.. maybe I am starting to look old… maybe I am a Relic.

I might have a history, in fact I know I do, but I surly wouldn’t say that I am famous or a part of history.  Now some of my ancestors are a part of history, does that mean they are Relics.

What is a Relic? This is what the dictionary gives as a definition:

  1. Something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared
  2. An object of religious veneration, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of a saint.
Hmmmm.. well I am a survivor, not sure if I am in the “survived the passage of time”…. well on second thought maybe…. I did grow up in the 70’s and was sort of Oregon Hippie.  I definitely am not a Saint and the good Lord can attest to that.  So I guess I am just looking old, or older, but I usually don’t feel old or a relic.  I still love a great Rock Concert, have my hearing and my own teeth.  I think it must be a state of mind, but I don’t think I am there yet.
There are lots of not so famous relics, like SS Dicky, that Tracie Louse Photography photographed on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia.

SS Dicky

It  has withstood the passage of time, laying there with an untold history in her bones.  Not only when it was functioning ship, but the stories it could tell of the visitors that have come and gone over the decades to take photos.  The stories of the storms and weather that surround it’s life on the beach.  Oh if the walls could talk.

Steamer SS Dicky was shipwrecked on a Caloundra beach which and named after her. The ship sailed from Rockhampton and as it arrived to clear Caloundra Head it met lashing rain and cyclonic winds that sent the ship on her beam ends. Captain James Beattie was forced to beach the ship to avoid hitting the rocks off Moffat Beach. On 4th February 1893 at 10.35 am the ship grounded stern first on the beach. The Marine Board of Queensland tribunal concluding the Captain showed lack of judgement in not successfully weathering Caloundra Head, for which his licence was suspended for three months.
Growing up on the Oregon Coast, we came to know the Peter Iredale.  It has weathered such storms.  As a kid we be up at the crack of dawn digging for Razor clams around the hull and a favorite destination for the local kids heading to the beach for a bonfire.  The wreck of the Peter Iredale is shown in this photograph, taken by Portland photographer Leo Simon on November 13, 1906, nineteen days after the ship ran aground near Ft. Stevens.
The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel bark built in Maryport, England, in 1890 and owned by British shipping firm Iredale & Porter. On September 26, 1906, the Iredale left Salina Cruz, Mexico, bound for Portland, where it was to pick up a cargo of wheat for the United Kingdom.

Peter Iredale Circa 2005

Despite encountering heavy fog, they managed to safely reach the mouth of the Columbia River early in the morning of October 25.


Some have aged gracefully, The patina a glow with the age.  Oh the stories they could tell us.  Of their voyages around the world and those adventures of visitors while at their rest.  I do hope that when I am 100+ years old I can say,  that this Relic is still standing proud, watching over all that come and go.

Peter Iredale - Present Day

~Oregon Smiles… with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

         SS Dicky photo’s provided by Tracie Louise Photography
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19 comments on “The Relic

      • Hi Franny, I originally wanted to share befor all the problems something that happened to me on another Beach in the Sunshine coast ,as I read your message it came back to me. We were going to look at another wreck, in a 4 wheel drive, it was a very hot day, I had a very painful spur in my heal for mths and apart from an operation there was nothing they could do, I prayed about it and trusted the Lord to give me the strengh to endure.

        The others wanted to swim so I paddled at the waters edge but a very big wave pounded the shore and as it ran back it gripped my ankle and I fell over, there was increadable pain then nothing and I have had no futher problems with it for 12 years, unbelievable how the Lord works …

        Another Relic – Christian Love Anne.

    • Thank you Daisy. Been busy lately so behind a little on my postings. Great to see you stopped by and enjoyed yourself. Our Tracie Louise and her beautiful photography was the beginning of inspiration on this one. ~Franny

  1. Thanks Franny for the trip back in time, when I first saw the skeleton of the wreck I thought we had one like that on Dicky Beach, and when I first saw the relic on Dicky Beach and there was much more of it 60 years ago of course ,but as you say many a photo has been taken with a family on the wreck ! I guess if if I can remember back to that , I must in that category also , a relic and that`s ok with me .

    blessings
    Ron

  2. Thanks Franny for the trip back in time when I first saw the skeleton of the wreck ,I thought we have one like that on Dicky Beach. When I first saw the relic on Dicky Beach and there was much more of it 60 yrs ago of course,and as you say many a photo has been taken with family on the wreck ! I guess if if I can remember back to that , I must in that category also , a relic and that`s ok with me .

    blessings
    Ron

  3. I posted Rons comment for him this morning on your Blog Fanny and it did not disapear, his e-mail is blocked so it is the only way he can comment did the hacker delete it ? if not and it was you please explain why, Christians do not treat others with disrespect nor should anyone else for that matter, if you think we have hurt you explain the reason, but if it is the hacker then I will have to take this futher so please advise.

    Christian Love Anne

  4. Thanks Franny for the trip back in time when I first saw the skeleton of the wreck ,I thought we have one like that on Dicky Beach. When I first saw the relic on Dicky Beach there was much more of it 60 yrs ago of course,and as you say many a photo has been taken with family on the wreck ! I guess if if I can remember back to that , I must in that category also , a relic and that`s ok with me .

    Blessings
    Ron

    • hello Ron. I guess the reason that your comment didn’t show up sooner is because I had to approve it. I have my blog set up to approve the first comment from someone so that I don’t get the spam. Sorry if there was any confussion. I would not delete your comments. Not sure if there is some hacker going on your end, sorry that you are having problems. From now on you should be able to post comments with out my approval. Blessings to you and Anne. ~Franny

  5. Franny I’m sorry I will e-mail you, this joker is playing games like a child – one really sick mind for sure or control freak same thing, I have been taking screen shots- sorry it’s affecting you again, just delete the comments not needed.

    Christian Love Anne

    • Hello Anne, I just am now getting to my blog. Been busy for a few days. I see that there are several postings from Ron. Great to see he enjoyed my post. But if the posting is gone from my page, It was NOT me. I would not do that to either of you. Not sure what is going on. If someone is deleting your stuff that is truly sad. People really need to get a life. Satan uses all people and forms to get at us sometimes. Hang in there. God knows the truth. You and I know the truth and the Truth will set us Free. We are free Anne, through the blood of Jesus. We are not bound by the evil that surrounds others. May the Angels guide you and give you peace. Blessings, Franny

  6. Thanks for understanding Franny, Ron’s comment had disapeared yesterday on your Blog so I posted again and it disapeared again but both were put back later but still to be moderated, this means it is someone at WoodPress control, only they can do this as well as changing my name to Rons on a reply on another Blog, I have evidence they did this, I now realise it is to bait me and cause bad feelings between us, they are really sick in the mind or just evil.

    They have blocked us from Blogs and blocked Ron’s address, I have to post them for him now, when I tell WordPress they just keep asking the same questions, no answers or just say it’s not them it is the Blog owners but I caught them out in a lie and I have it in writing as well as a lot of screen shots, so if they continue I will do what the Police advised. An investigation into their operating procedures will no doubt shake them up a bit, not my will their choice.

    Thanks again Franny – Anne

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