Remembering Hurricane Carol
Did you witness Hurricane Carol in 1954? Tell me about it! And if you have a picture you're willing to share, that's all the better. I'd love to hear from you and I'll add what you have to say to our "Your Views" page. So if you have something to share, please:
Send me email, Greg Stone
This was a real nice shock - the Providence Journal called for what I assumed was a few paragraphs in a general story about Hurricane Carol. Instead it turned out to be a story devoted to this Web site and it ran on Page 1 on the 50th anniversary of the Hurricane.
They did an excellent job and the result was a real surge of hits on the Web site and many new stories from people about their own experiences. (What I like most about this was I didn't promote the Web site to them - they discovered the web site on their own and contacted me. )if you have a problem getting to it, try here.
In 1954 I was 13 and the most exciting thing to happen was Hurricane Carol. I took pictures during the storm and after the storm, made them into sets, and sold them to neighbors. Here are the pictures and my memories along with those of family and friends. Greg Stone 1>
No parking, but Carol didn't listen
I love cat boats, such as this one which seems little the worse for wear, despite being deposited high and dry on Mathewson Road. Ilove them because I grew up sailing a 12-foot Beetle Cat, but also because they are a simple, practical, rugged working boat of the 19th Century. They now make rather roomy pleasure craft, though I have to admit that when I sailed a Beetle Cat in my later years the romance evaporated, especially on a full run with the sail all the way out and the boom and gaff careening crazily. I still loved the smell of the cedar planking and the feel of the canvas decking, but it really didn't handle all that well.
None of which has anything to do with the "no parking" reference in the headline. That really has to do with another picture that is now among the missing, but I thought was so clever at the time. (I was easily amused.) The picture showed another boat near this location on Mathewson Road, and I believe you could see the police station in the background and the boat was up against a telephone pole which had a large "no parking" sign on it. Maybe it will turn up some day. Meanwhile, look at this picture and imagine that one ;-)