Tag Archives: Thacher Island

Found on the Web: Good Harbor Beach, 1890

This photograph shows Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, circa 1890. The twin lighthouses of Thacher Island are dimly visible in the background, between Salt Island to the right and Brier Neck to the left. Note the barns where the footbridge … Continue reading

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1940 Census Records Show Residents of Thacher Island

In April, the U.S. National Archives published online the full set of records from the 1940 United States census. The records are published as images and have not been indexed, so they are a bit difficult to search. However, you … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s Island By Night, Rockport, Mass., 1924

This nighttime view of the northern lighthouse on Thacher IslandĀ is the product of the 1920s version of Photoshop. The image was colored to make it appear to be night, but the exact same image appears as a daytime view in … Continue reading

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Twin Lights off Rockport, Cape Ann, Mass., circa 1902

The coloring is beautiful in this view of the Twin Lights on Thacher Island. The two men on the rocks appear to be looking not at the island, but at something to the left of it. We can only imagine … Continue reading

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Rising Sun Behind the Twin Lights, Rockport, Mass., c. 1906

This view of the Twin Lights on Thacher Island appears on several postcards from the early 1900s. This particular one is unique for the publisher’s addition of the rays of the rising sun emanating from behind the island. Something else … Continue reading

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Birch Bark Framed View of Twin Lights, 1906

At the Gloucester block party tonight, I stopped in Bodin Historic Photo, where Fred Bodin asked me whether I’d seen any postcards where the image appears to be framed in birch bark. He just acquired several such cards with images … Continue reading

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Shipwreck on Long Beach, Rockport, 1902

On Feb. 28, 1902, during a fierce gale, the British tramp steamer Wilster, headed for Boston with a cargo of 3,000 tons of sugar, ran aground on a ledge near Thacher Island. It soon came free, but then washed ashore … Continue reading

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Anthony Thacher’s Shipwreck, As Told In His Own Words

Thacher Island gets its name from Anthony Thacher, who was shipwrecked there in 1635 while sailing with his family from Ipswich to Marblehead. He and his wife survived, but the ship’s 21 other passengers, including his four children, all drowned. … Continue reading

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Twin Lights, Thatcher’s Island, Cape Ann, Mass., 1905

This colorized view of the Twin Lights on Thacher Island is from 1905. It was published by the Rotograph Co. of New York City and printed in Germany.

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Southern Lighthouse and Fog Whistle, Thacher Island, circa 1922

Of the two lighthouses on Thacher Island, one — the southern tower shown here — is owned by the town of Rockport. The other, the northern tower, is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is maintained as … Continue reading

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