Mysterious ruins discovered on a deserted stretch of beach.

View from inside
What looked like a wreck on a distant rise on a deseted stretch of beach turned out to be a massive ruin of some sort. The views from inside give one a sense of isolation and foreboding.

The structure commands the beach front with a clear view to the North, South and East over the ocean. The massive scale of the structure would seem to indicate is was used as a fort, or possibly an abandoned hunting or whaling camp. Violent storms or ruthless enemies could attack at any minute.
Southeast view from inside

Graveyard or garden?
Looking to the Northeast, a short distance away, there appears to be a separate yet related area just outside the main compound. It might have been a garden, remains of an orchard or small grove of trees. It might be a graveyard where the casualties are buried. It would seem likely that not one of the builders or residents died of old age in this environment.

This pole may have been used to hang fish or game to dry or bleed out. The builders must have travelled a great distance to get here. No similar structures are to be found anywhere near by. They probably stayed for weeks or months at a time. They may have never left.
Hanging the catch to dry

Weapon? Sign of conflict?
This device could only be a weapon, dismantled by the retreating builders, or destroyed by a conquering foe. It's days of hurling projectiles are long over.

The structure was more then just a walled compound. There are remains of numerous weather tight shelters within the walls. These could be for different family groups, or special funtions such as food storage, and communal sleeping quarters. The builders may have lived here year round, or simply needed shelter from the vicious storms that lashed the coast more frequently in years past.

With it's Stonehenge quality, one wonders how the builders were able to construct such a massive edifice with the primative tools available at such a remote location. Where did the materials come from? Salvaged from ship wrecks perhaps. No timber grows on the island now. Nothing this massive anyway. This shelter is remarkably intact considering it's age and the destructive winter storms it's weathered for untold ages. .

Maybe the builders themselves were shipwrecked here. They built this shelter with the wreckage of their own ship, hoping to survive until they were rescued. How long did they survive here?
Shipwreck timbers?

Keel & floors?
This section looks very much like part of a wrecked ship. A length of keel and floor frames seem evident here. Could the wreckage been deposited this far up the beach in a storm and the compound built on the spot? How could anyone survive a storm of that magnitude to build this? Too many unanswered questions.

The remains of what seem to be fortified entrances seem to point towards a fort as the original function.
Must be a fort

From a distance
Walking away and looking back, fort seems the most likely original function of this structure.

The fort-like qualities are more apparent from above.
From above

Stand up straight
Standing up straight reveals footprints in the sand around the structure.

Built with storm fence and other flotsam, the stick fort did last undisturbed for days on the beach just above the high water mark. I finally had to take some pictures of it before someone trashed it. Maybe the builder(s) will see their handywork online someday.
Stick fort

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