1695 (c.)Bearskin Neck in Sandy Bay was named.People and Communities, Legends & Lore

In one of several legends about the name’s origin, a member of the Babson family was attacked by a bear out on the neck and killed it with his fishing knife. A fisherman passing by saw the bearskin that Babson laid on the rocks to dry, and named the point of land “Bearskin Neck.”

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog.
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