Regardless of the source of the wave, it is clear that several waves—one of which was at least 70 feet high—hit the Memphis, rolled her, lifted her up, dropped her down on the bottom of the bay, and surfed her to ruin on the beach about a half-mile distant. This is something to remember when selecting an anchoring spot.
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