It’s 1910 and this galley must have been a welcome haven for a Chesapeake Bay oysterman after working for hours on the deck of the E.C. Collier, newly built by Deal Islander George Washington Horseman.
On the night of Aug. 17, 1969, one of the strongest hurricanes the world has ever seen bore down on the Mississippi coast. Hurricane Camille kicked up 70-foot waves on the Gulf of Mexico after brushing by Cuba and heading west. On making landfall, winds reached an official recorded speed of 190 mph — before the recording instruments were destroyed in the onslaught. It is said to be the only confirmed Atlantic hurricane to have made landfall with wind speeds at or above this level.
Boaters who grew up in the late 1950s and early ’60s might remember the ship pictured here from their Weekly Reader, or similar elementary school newsletter. It’s the hospital ship Hope, which traveled the globe dispensing medical care and training — and a lot of good will — to a litany of nations.
A boatload of fishermen out of Gloucester, Mass., pull in their catch, where a dip net from the mother ship will transfer the fish aboard. Few occupations have so captured the imagination as the Gloucester fisherman — in poetry, prose, painting and such films as “Captains Courageous” and “The Perfect Storm.”
On a chilly November day in 1939, the brand-new Cornfield Point lightship maneuvered into position off the mouth of the Connecticut River, three miles south of the Lynde Point Lighthouse in Old Saybrook, Conn. Dropping a mushroom anchor into the shallows of Long Sand Shoal, she took up her station. The bright-red, iron-hulled ship would remain there — shining her light, sounding her foghorn — for the next 32 years, a welcome symbol of safe haven to recreational and commercial skippers alike.
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