Going Over the Bar

This week's Sepia Saturday post features a boat. Here is a story about boats going over a sand bar pictured in antique postcards.

Not much has changed at the "jetties", the rocks you see, at the mouth of the Merrimack River. There are still two jetties, the north and south.

The Jetties - Salisbury Beach, Mass, antique, postcard
(click any pic to magnify)

These rocks were put in place to constrict the out flow of the river which keeps the channel clear of sand and silt. It does work, but it just pushes the problem further out to sea. Recently the jetties were reinforced and lengthen to help stem erosion on Plum Island and at Salisbury Beach.

When there is an east wind going against a strong outgoing tide the area between the jetties make for some very treacherous navigation over the "bar" as they call it. It's some of the trickiest navigation on the east coast US.

The Jetties - Salisbury Beach, Mass, antique, postcard, steam tugboat, schooner

While boats still go in and out of the harbor, gone are the days of steam tugboats pulling fishing schooners out to the open ocean.

Jetties - Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts
Photo: Doug Peabody
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