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Photographs from the aftermath of the 'Long Island Express'

  • Nov 23, 2010
Powerful hurricanes are infrequent visitors to New England, but 'The Long Island Express' not only paid a visit---it dropped in unannounced on September 21, 1938 just as many summer residents were on the beach and closing up their ocean-front cottages.

"The 1938 Hurricane Along New England's Coast" is not a complete treatment of this natural disaster. Its author, Joseph P. Soares "acquired a large picture collection of the aftermath of the 1938 hurricane on Coast Guard facilities in New England" and that's what informs the content of this book. Except for a brief introduction, there is no extended narrative, but each of the photographs is coupled with a short description or story. For example, a photograph labeled "Along the Shore, Stonington" is followed by the paragraph:

"Volunteer workers aiding those along the Stonington shore came across a large packing case on the beach. They opened it and found, to their amazement, a woman inside. She was exhausted and suffering from exposure..."

Note: the photograph doesn't show the woman in the packing case, but a boat that was stranded on shore. Many of the photographs in this book have only a weak connection with the accompanying text.

If you haven't yet read a book about this devastating hurricane and its aftermath, start with Everett S. Allen's A Wind To Shake The World (Allen Reprints). Another treatment worth reading is Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R.A. Scotti. I'd go with Allen's book first, because he was an eye-witness, a journalist, and a marvelous writer.

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The Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most devastating storms to strike New England's Atlantic coast. It forever changed the landscapes of cities and towns in its path. Throughout the hurricane, the Coast Guard worked tirelessly to provide aid to countless displaced residents. Entire communities were leveled by the hurricane's powerful winds and waves. After the storm subsided and the destruction was evident, the enormous task of rebuilding began. The historic images in The 1938 Hurricane along New England's Coast document the hurricane's destruction and the ways in which victims who were uprooted by the storm united to rebuild their communities.
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ISBN-10: 0738557595
ISBN-13: 978-0738557595
Author: Joseph P Soares
Genre: History
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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