Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sailor's Grave

Sailor's Grave beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Sailor's Grave Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula is a favourite with surfers. Its surf is apparently pretty reliable.
Sailor's Grave, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
It is a beautiful beach accessed off State Highway 25.  There is indeed a sailor's grave on the beach reserve.  22 year old William Sampson, a sailor on the British Navy ship HMS Tortoise drowned in the surf in 1842.  His grave is surrounded by a little white picket fence.  It was rare in those days for a sailor to be buried on land.

 A lovely place to visit.

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