January 16 - Sandwich schooner lost in a nor'easter

1827: Three sailors freeze to death on a schooner ashore in Dennis
A coastal schooner of the era. Wiki Commons photo.

1827: Sandwich schooner Almira lost in bay during a nor'easter

The only survivor was the master's young son Josiah although his hands were frozen to the tiller and his feet were encrusted with ice

On this day in 1827, as described by Donald G. Trayser in his book, Cape Cod Historical Almanac:

"A small Sandwich schooner, the Almira, called a woodcoaster for the firewood she carried for Boston, sailed this day in 1827, and was caught in a nor'easter off Manomet Point.

(The Lifesaving Station at Manomet Point is shown below on the right.)

"She lost her mainsail, made into Barnstable Bay, and during the night struck on the rocks at Dennis.

"With spray breaking over her and freezing, and with Dennis men unable to get a boat through the boiling surf and sludge ice, the Almira's crew of three slowly froze.

"First went the seaman, John Smith, next Captain Josiah Ellis.

The Manomet Point Lifesaving Station in 1909."When at 4 p.m. Dennis men finally reached the Almira's side, only the master's young son Josiah was living. Though his hands were frozen to the tiller ropes and his feet were encrusted with ice, he survived the ordeal."

Coastal Schooner painting courtesy of Great Lakes Coast Guard Museum.


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