1723A violent storm caused a remarkable high tide.Events & Anniversaries, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Natural Disasters

On February 23, the moon reached its point nearest to the earth. The tide came in that night, and the next day rose two feet higher than previously known. In Boston, the tide was 15.5 feet, a record that held for 125 years. In Marblehead and Salem, there were reports of people who climbed trees to avoid drowning. In Gloucester, the high tide filled in the Cut and damaged vessels, marsh fences, and warehouses.

Heyrman, Christine Leigh. Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690-1750. 1st ed, Norton, 1984. Landrigan, Leslie. “The High Tide Storm of 1723: ‘Ye Mightyest Overflowing of Ye Sea.’” New England Historical Society, 25 Mar. 2018, https://newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/the-high-tide-storm-of-1723-ye-mightyest-overflowing-ye-sea/
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