The Great Hurricane of 1938
The Great Hurricane of 1938
Sept. 22, 1938: High winds blew the chimney off a house at 77 Main St., Charlestown. The remains of the chimney landed on the car of Barnett Mazow parked outside his store, Mazow Supply Co., at 73 Main St.
Sept. 23, 1938: Benson's Garage in Whitman was tossed on its side, destroying a truck and two cars in the tumble.
Sept. 23, 1938: After the hurricane, John Runane of Roxbury held tightly to a wire below the roof of a house suspended by trolley wires. (Note the attempt to add features to his face and jacket by painting on the photograph. This retouching was done often to prints in the production process in newspapers decades ago. This is a past practice that no longer exists.)
Sept. 22, 1938: Pushed inland by 100-mile-per-hour hurricane force winds, the heart of Providence was under 6 feet of water, lapping at the tops of automobiles on Sabin Street. The tide was even higher than usual due to the autumnal equinox and a full moon.
Sept. 24, 1938: A National Guardsman stood watch at the corner of Beal and Safford streets in Quincy where this drugstore lost two big plate glass windows as well as hundreds of dollars worth of goods ruined by wind and rain.
Sept. 22, 1938: Buildings owned by the Transcript Printing Co. of Peterborough, N.H., were gutted by fire as fireman stood helpless in flood waters from the hurricane that swirled about the buildings. The town was badly hit by flooding from the Contoocook River. Peterborough was one of the worst hit New Hampshire communities, reachable only by airplane for several days.
Sept. 23, 1938: More than 1,000 emergency workers hastily erected sandbag levees in Hartford as the swollen Connecticut River continued to rise. Reporting from Hartford to the Globe had to be by shortwave radio as all other communication had been cut. Byron Goodman of station W1INF in Hartford and Frank Lewis and Donald E. Kerr of W1MX of MIT collaborated on the report.
Sept. 23, 1938: The remains of St. Hedwig's Catholic church at 99 Otis St., East Cambridge, the oldest Polish Catholic church in the city. Amazingly, the altar was unharmed.
Sept. 23, 1938: This was all that remained of the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion after 100-mile-per-hour hurricane winds swept over it. The flagpole still stood, but beyond it only scattered fragments of the clubhouse foundation remained.
Sept. 26, 1938: A house flattened by the hurricane on Ocean Avenue, the million-dollar section of Newport, R.I.
Sept. 26, 1938: A 12-foot tidal wave pushed up Buzzards Bay by an 80 mile-per-hour wind and took down all telephone and telegraph communications and breached land in three places. Fifteen people were known dead, scores of people were left homeless, and the the property damage was incalculable. Hamilton Garland of Buzzards Bay had his 45-foot yacht Pandora torn adrift off Onset and carried up onto the Point Independence Bridge.