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The Building of the Sandy Bay Breakwater, 1894 article

There is a great discussion going on over at the Good Morning Gloucester blog about the building of the Sandy Bay Breakwater. I previously published a post about the history of this ill-fated project, but I thought I’d also share … Continue reading

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Building Breakwater, Pigeon Cove, Rockport, Mass., circa 1905

[Important update and correction: I got this wrong. This does not show construction of the Sandy Bay breakwater. Rather, it is the breakwater at Folly Cove. At least I was close in the year -- this picture was most likely … Continue reading

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Pigeon Cove Harbor and Sandy Bay, circa 1912

This postcard of Pigeon Cove is not dated. The derrick scow in the center of the photo appears to be the same one shown in an earlier post here putting granite blocks on the Sandy Bay breakwater. That earlier postcard … Continue reading

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Putting the Top on the Sandy Bay Breakwater, circa 1912

It might have been the Big Dig of its day. In 1882, the U.S. Congress authorized a survey of Sandy Bay “with a view to the construction of a breakwater for a harbor of refuge.” The goal was to create … Continue reading

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