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First weekend without the wreck: SS Dicky aura remains

WHEN Tibby Little's mother was young, she would run along the decks of the SS Dicky wreck.

When Ms Little was young, she would take shelter from summer rain under the decks while on family camping holidays.

When Ms Little's son Benji laid eyes on the Dicky two weeks ago, the four-year-old struggled to comprehend the rusted ribs he saw once belonged to a majestic vessel.

Yesterday, the Little family visited Dicky Beach for the first time since the Sunshine Coast Council removed the wreck.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: DICKY BEACH REMOVAL DRAWS A CROWD 

With so many memories tied up with the wreck, including having wedding photos taken there when she married her husband Paul in 2009, Ms Little said it almost felt surreal not seeing the structure on the foreshore.

"We came down the first time the council mentioned they would remove the wreck to say our goodbyes, but then it got cancelled," she said.

"We moved to the Coast 12 months ago and brought the kids down with us two weeks ago and got some lovely family photos there before she was taken away.

"It's still a beautiful beach, but it looks like any other beach now."

Even people who had never seen the SS Dicky in the flesh had been touched by her history and symbolic position on the beach.

Coombabah resident Leisha Garrihy was scouring the sands of Dicky Beach near the wreck site yesterday morning trying to salvage pieces of the vessel.

Ms Garrihy had seen many photos of the wreck while working for a professional Sunshine Coast photographer and regretted not making it to the Coast before she was removed late last week.

The professional framer has plans to give the pieces she found a comfortable life in a beautiful display box.

Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club staff member Terry Garrett said although it was sad to see the icon go, the work carried out by the council had created more useable and safe space for beachgoers.

"I haven't been for a swim there yet, but it certainly opens the beach up for more swimmers," he said.

The council are looking for past and present stories, images and old film footage of the SS Dicky which will add a unique dimension to an interpretive display and commemorative film they have in the works.

If you would like to share your special story, email cul turalheritage@sunshine coast.qld.gov.au or phone 5420 8600.

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