The Day the River Froze
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Walking on Ice, 1916Strawbery Banke Presents
HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #31

On February 11, 1918 the fast flowing Piscataqua appeared to freeze as a mass of ice from Great Bay apparently caused a jam when the current reversed. Caught in the ice, the propeller failed on the Navy Yard ferry at 7am. The New Castle ferry was soon locked in too. Passengers walked ashore and, when the tide shifted at 1 pm, both boats were freed.

 

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Frozen Piscataqua (c) Strawbery Banke Museum

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