April 27 - 2007: The day Nantucket started falling into the sea

Multi-million dollar homes begin to slip into the sea
The south shore of Nantucket has eroded back to the front porches of many of the oceanfront homes. That's Sankaty Lighthouse in the distance.

2007: Homes in the village of Sconset on Nantucket are slipping into the Atlantic

On this day in 2007, the Nantucket Independent offered spectacular views of multi-million dollar homes about to slip into the sea. The newspaper reported that the bluff at Sconset on the south shore of Nantucket, had eroded back to the front porches of many of the homes.

Losing ground

In the aftermath of last week's storm that caused a Sheep Pond Road house to topple onto the beach at Madaket, 87 Baxter Road owner Sam Furrow is working to move his house away from the edge of the crumbling Sconset bluff.

The consequences of the cut - Smith's Point breach poses potential navigational, environmental problems

Esther Island is likely to remain disconnected from Nantucket for quite some time because of strong tidal forces scouring out an old wound in this narrow section of Smith's Point.

Heavy winds and high seas ripped through Smith's Point during last week's storm, separating yet again the western-most tip of Nantucket from the rest of the island.


(Photos courtesy of the Nantucket Independent.)

1717 - Whydah pirate ship founders

On April 27, 1717 Captain Sam Bellamy and all but nine his crew perished off the coast of Wellfleet when the Whydah pirate vessel foundered during a gale.  Explorer Barry Clifford discovered the wreck of the Whydah in 1984.  Today most of the artifacts are on display at the Whydah Pirate Museum in South Yarmouth.


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