Hurricanes and Storms

Hurricane Damage on Vineyard Goes Into the Millions

Two Fishermen Drown, Ruin at Colby Property, West Chop Is Damaged

 
Martha’s Vineyard awoke on Friday morning to witness such a scene of destruction and wreckage as the Island never saw before.

Score of Boats Swept Past Edgartown Light

“It was heartbreaking to see those boats go to pieces,” Capt. Fred Vidler, keeper of the Edgartown Harbor Light said yesterday. He was speaking of the boats, torn from their moorings in Edgartown harbor, which were carried by the current against the lighthouse bridge at the height of the storm. As soon as the craft hit the bridge they seemed to go to pieces like matchwood.
 
From the lighthouse yesterday afternoon it was possible to see at least nine wrecked boats from the harbor entrance all the way to Cape Pogue.

Hurricane of 1938 Was Devastating: Storm Obliterated Menemsha

Swept by a hurricane the velocity of which has been estimated at a hundred miles an hour at brief periods, and which surpassed anything of the sort that has ever struck the Island from a southerly point, Martha’s Vineyard presented a scene of disaster on Wednesday night. There was one death. Several persons were injured and the storm caused a loss of property that may easily total half a million dollars.
 
The total destruction of the Menemsha waterfront was the outstanding property damage of the storm.

Fiercest August Storm for Fifty Years Sweeps Over Vineyard

The terrific north-easterly storm which swept the eastern Massachusetts coast on Tuesday was felt with unusual severity on the Vineyard.

The Line Gale, or What?

The southerly gale of this morning developed between seven and eight o’clock at almost the proportions of a hurricane.
 
Fortunately for the harbor front the tide was not high, else much damage to piers, etc., might have resulted.
 
No damage of moment has been reported.

A Terrific Storm Sweeps the Coast, Causing Many Wrecks and Loss of Life

Saturday night and most of Sunday the fiercest storm in many years prevailed over the northern and eastern part of the country. The damage by the storm will aggregate several millions of dollars along the entire New England coast, not to mention the loss inland. Sea-faring men declare that not in the last half century has there been a gale so severe to shipping interests as this.

Water Spout off Oak Bluffs

On Wednesday, the 19th about 1 o'clock p.m., there appeared over the waters of the sound, a wonderful phenomenon, such as only occurs but once in a life time, indeed, one may cross the ocean many times and not witness anything to compare with this. We refer to three water spouts, the second and grandest of which, we shall try to describe.

A Terrific Storm

A TERRIFIC STORM - Sweeps over the Vineyard Wednesday morning - Wind and rain unlimited - Chimneys, trees and fences laid low - No serious damage to shipping in this vicinity - The hardest storm known for 50 years up-island - Dams and Bridges swept away, and the elements playing havoc all through the west end.

Vineyard Gales and Storms

Rev, Joseph Thaxter, in some notes, speaks of a great gale and rain storm Aug.

The Storm: Destruction by Land and Sea

A storm, the like of which in this vicinity the oldest inhabitant fails to remember, visited the Island last Saturday afternoon, and raged with steadily increasing fury till far into the night. On the morning of Sunday the appearance of the town was as if a light tornado had passed over it. Large trees were uprooted, chimneys “razeed,” fences down everywhere, windows in some instances forced in, a few old buildings utterly demolished, and the streets strewn with green leaves and branches wrenched from the unyielding trees.

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