Wreck of the Ada K. Damon, December 26, 1909

Stories From Ipswich and the North Shore

Ada K. Damon shipwreck photo from “Ipswich” by Bill Varrell

Christmas, 1909 witnessed the heaviest storm in many years and is known by sailors on the Atlantic Coast as one of the most fateful days in the history of these waters. The “Great Christmas Snowstorm” struck the North Atlantic States hard as far south as Maryland. Philadelphia had 21 inches in 23 hours. The storm did its greatest damage in New England, where winds gusted to 72 mph in Rhode Island. The gale assumed terrific force on Christmas night and continued well into the following day. The list of shipwrecks and deaths was said to be as long as the Coast itself.

The First Annual Crane Beach picnic was held at the site of the wrecked Ada K.DamonThe First Annual Crane Beach picnic was held at the site of the wrecked Ada K. Damon

Capt. A. K. Brewster had sold his farm in York, Maine and invested everything in the sand schooner Ada K. Damon. The ship…

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