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November 8, 2019

By any measure, it would have seemed to have been an unlikely place to build a fort. Most of the Pea Patch Island was an intertidal mud flat, with an average of a little more than three feet above sea level. Its highest point rose to nine feet. During spring high tides...

November 8, 2019

Narragansett Bay is the scene of many hundreds of shipwrecks. The exact number is not known but one of the most unusual is the wreck of the Cape Fear because the Cape Fear  was a ship made of cement.
The cement freighter was
266 feet long and weighed 2800 tons. Her hull...

November 8, 2019

I recently did a story for a local magazine about an old overshot water wheel mill on Cow Creek in Gloucester Virginia. In the process of researching that mill, I found the Popular Grove Plantation Tide Mill in Haywood, Virginia. Both were grist mills that ground corn...

November 8, 2019

 Now let’s get this straight! See my name up there? It’s my real name. It’s not the Americanized “Mark” Nuccio. Here’s some background. I went to overwhelmingly Irish Catholic schools. Classmates, nuns, priests, and brothers all ate baloney and white bread sandwiches e...