1704Captain Nathaniel Coit was ordered to clear the Cut after it was filled in by a violent storm.Economy and Industry, Infrastructure, Maritime & Fishing Industry

During a violent storm and high tide in the winter of 1704, the Cut was filled in with sand and gravel, making it unusable. The General Court mandated that Coit make it navigable again and allowed him to tax every vessel that passed through. He charged two shillings for each passage and seven shillings per year for Gloucester residents.

Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, https://archive.org/details/GLOOriginalRecords16941762Images/mode/2up Essex Institute, Thomas E. Babson. "Evolutions of Cape Ann Roads and Transportation, 1623-1955: A Talk before the Cape Ann Historical Association, April 11, 1955." Oct. 1955. 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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