Tale of the Portland Gale Guided Walk

Tale of the Portland Gale Guided Walk

dw salt pond Date: November 27, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: November 28, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Eastham, National Seashore (directions included with your reservation confirmation email)
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 30
Age Limit: 12

Storms, shipwrecks, rescues, and the ever changing Outer Beach are intertwined across centuries of Cape Cod history.

1898 was a time when forecasting couldn't fully capture the intensity of converging weather systems. On Nov. 26-28, mariners, life-saving stations along the coast, and townspeople from around the Cape experienced the storm known as the “Portland Gale.” The steamer Portland, often referred to as the “Titanic of New England,” was tragically lost over Stellwagen Bank. Ships and fishing boats wrecked from Provincetown Harbor to Vineyard Haven.

Travel back in time 123 years ago on the same date of the Portland Gale with author and historian Don Wilding. Earlier this year, Wilding published “Shipwrecks of Cape Cod” and his next book “Cape Cod and the Great Gale of 1898” is forthcoming.

This guided walk follows the Nauset Marsh Trail in the Cape Cod National Seashore. Wander past the salt pond and see sweeping marsh views with a backdrop of the Outer Beach while hearing the tale of the Portland Gale.

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