Saturday, 5 July 2014

Arthur Pictures / 1813 Hurricane


Today, I went storm chasing with my friend, Kevin O'Neill. Post Tropical Storm Arthur was in town and we didn't want to miss the opportunity to get some awesome wave shots. I hope you enjoy my pictures from the Eastern Passage - Cow Bay - Lawrencetown areas (just beyond Dartmouth).

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

 

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.
 

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

 
Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

 

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.



Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.

Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.



Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.


Photo Credit: David Jones, July 5, 2014.
As many of you remember, Dartmouth has been 'visited' by a number of hurricanes (Beth and Juan, most notably). There is a little known storm (of which I will write), from more than two hundred years ago, that wreaked tremendous havoc on both shores of Halifax Harbour. Here is John Martin's account from pages 118-120 of The Story of Dartmouth:

The restless and changeful harbor still churns up its foamy wrath at times, but never had the inhabitants seen the waters in such a freakish and  tempestuous turmoil as was exhibited late in the autumn of the year 1813.
About five o'clock on Friday evening November 12, a hurricane suddenly sprang up from the southeast, driving in an immense volume of sea-water. On that day there were about 100 ships in port. Although the tide was dead low at the time, within the short space of one hour, the height of water lifted almost every vessel from its anchorage and bore it madly along in a swirling tide.
The bulwark of Halifax wharves breasted the brunt of the surging ocean swell as it pounded small craft against the pilings until they were smashed and sunk. Larger vessels were torn violently from their moorings to be swung outward and pitched crazily into mid-stream where they wallowed and collided with other ships as everything movable kept sweeping up the harbor.
Along the stretch of lee-shore at Dartmouth some 30 or 40 vessels were washed up in all sorts of positions on the beaches where in many cases the hulls were bilged by hidden boulders. Broken bowsprits and stripped rigging bore evidence of more collisions. These ships must have been lifted ashore by the buoyant tidal-wave, and not by the wind.
The driving November rain, the inky darkness, the blue flares of rockets and the intermittent sounds of distress guns amid the piercing shrieks of drowning persons, made the night a memorable and awful one for the inhabitants.
As if in answer to a prayer, the freakish storm suddenly ceased about seven o'clock, when the wind veered to the northwest and the water became comparatively calm again.
Next morning, Haligonians looked across the harbor. They saw the extensive stretch of Dartmouth shore from Fort Clarence to Tufts' Cove strewn with ships. Editor John Howe of the Halifax Journal must have sent a reporter to Dartmouth, because a few days later his newspaper published the following list:
The brig 'Friendship" ashore near Fort Clarence, rudder and bowsprit gone. Ship "jubilee" ashore near Prescott's limekiln. A re-captured brig ashore near Prescott's, bilged; foremast and bowsprit gone. Brig "Astrea" ashore near McMain's limekiln, much injured in her upper works. An American prize sloop, ashore near McMain's, rudder gone.
His Majesty's schooner "Canso" (12 guns), bowsprit gone, much damaged; ashore northward of McMain's. (this is the rocky shore shown on page 14). Schooner "Four Sisters" (204 tons), ashore near the "Canso", bowsprit gone, damaged in upper works. Schooner "Dove" ashore near the Lap-Stone, foremast and bowsprit gone. Schooner "Rachel & Mary" ashore near the "Dove", not much injured.
A small Lunenburg schooner ashore near Ryan's ferry-wharf (Old Ferry). Schooner "Mary" of Portland, ashore in Dartmouth Cove, not much injured. A small shallop ashore on Dartmouth Point. A schooner laden with sugar, sunk near above vessel.
Schooner "Ferdinand" ashore near Skerry's house, much injured in her upper works. Brig "William" ashore near Coleman's wharf, foremast and bowsprit gone, stern much injured. Sloop "Henry" with country produce struck shore near Coleman's wharf, and soon went to pieces, the whole cargo lost. Mr. Coleman's boat-shop blown down. Schooner "Sally" of Nantucket, prize-ship to H.M.S. Loire. ashore near Coleman's. Sloop "Gleaner" brought up near Coleman's wharf, lost her bowsprit.
H. M. brig "Manly", ashore to the north of the "Sally", much damaged, feared total loss. The transport schooner "Three Sisters" sunk near the "Manly", total loss. H.M. ship "Maidstone" ashore to the north of this.
H.M.S. "La Hogue" ashore near Black Rock. Schr "Concord" ashore nearby. Schor 'Paragon" ashore north of the "Concord". American ship "Massachusetts" prize to the "Canso", ashore to the north of Black Rock. A Portuguese brig and an American sloop near the "Massachusetts", not much injured. A neutral brig and a lumber-loaded schooner ashore to the northward of the above.
H.M.S. "San Domingo" ashore near Foster's wharf. Ship "Juno", the re-captured "Ann" and a schooner ashore above Foster's. The transport ship no. 429 ashore near Foster's Point. The brig "Mariner" ashore near Pryor's windmill. Schr. "Edward" ashore north of above. Spanish poleacre ship "Catherine Patriota" ashore near Albro's tanyard. Sloop "Elvira" ashore above Albro's, overset --- her owner Mr. Koch and two men lost.
Brig. "Christiana" ashore north of the "Elvira". Ships "Ned" and "Divina Pastore" ashore in Tufts' Cove. A Lunenburg sloop sunk near the above vessels, the crew of four said to have perished. Men-of-War brigs 'Fantome" (18 guns) and "Epervier" ashore north of Tufts' Cove. (Five months later, "Epervier" was captured by the Americans. "Fantome' was wrecked in 1814 at Prospect).
The above lengthy list gives one an idea of the number of vessels usually anchored on our side of the harbor. Foster's wharf was near the "watering-place" at the foot of Jamieson Street, mentioned on page 67. The schooner "Three Sisters" may have been the one owned by Jonathan and  John Tremain on which Edward Jordan committed murder and mutiny in 1809. Her wreck would be near the foot of North Street, (See "Jordan, the Pirate" by Dr. MacMechan).



 



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