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February 27, 2020

For over 32 years the steamboat Block Island led a charmed life and was never involved in a major accident. This picturesque steamboat was part of an excursion fleet that plied the waters between the Thames River and Block Island. She was built to serve the growing sum...

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...

April 30, 2019

It was Friday, August 30, 1872 and the end of another idyllic summer in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The Ocean House Hotel and the other large hotels were still full of guests. The weather in the past week of August had been perfect but early that fateful morning, while t...

December 31, 2018

The War 0f 1812 between Britain and the United States was in its second year when the heavily laden American merchant vessel Whampoa left from the port of Brest in France bound for the French West Indies. She carried an assorted cargo of silks, satins, perfumes, cognac...

November 7, 2018

The waters around Fishers Island, New York and out to nearby Race Rock Lighthouse are littered with numerous shipwrecks. One of the deadliest occurred on Thanksgiving Day 1846 when the magnificent steamship Atlantic was driven onto the rocks to her doom. North Hill on...

April 25, 2018

I was eating the ice cream as fast as I could but the hot sun and warm wind melted the two large scoops of chocolate faster than I could eat them. My teeth were freezing as drops of melted cream streamed down my hand dripping into the hot sand. I didn’t care though bec...

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