Fine Art Friday: Higgins Beach Shipwreck

April 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It was a dark and stormy night! That's wasn't really the weather on August 11, 1897, but is was very foggy. Captain Shaw of the Howard W. Middleton was making for Richmond Island Harbor when he hit a rock near the mouth of the Spurwink. The next day the ship was declared a loss. Locals and salvagers collected the ship's cargo of soft and hard coal, and a later storm broke the ship up, leaving it's bones on Higgins Beach. The Wreck of the Howard W. Middleton My arrival at Higgins was less dramatic and better planned. I'd timed my visit for late afternoon for better light, and chosen a date and time that coincided with dead low tide. Standing on the beach now, I looked left and right.  Where was the wreck?  I walked the beach in both directions and came up empty. Was the Middleton further out under water?  I noticed two men making tidal measurements. These guys were certainly locals, I'd ask them.  

Sure enough, they indicated the last resting place of the Middleton. It was the only place I had not looked, further up the river's entrance than I expected to find the ship. The ride back home is about three hours, so I was sure to shoot it from every angle and cover my bases. Finally after cooking this image to taste, it's ready for limited printing. Thanks to friends Kate and Joe for clueing me in on Higgins Beach! 


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