The Big Freeze of January 1979

Hi, Joey.  Thought you might want to post the attached photos sometime this month.
There always seem to be photos of Gloucester Harbor freezing in the early 1900′s, but have you ever seen photos of a frozen Ipswich Bay?
Here’s the proof!
It has been 25 years since Ipswich Bay froze so solid that my brother, Dan Brown, and his friend, Russell Hazelgard, walked out from Bay View to the bell bouy off Wingaersheek Beach at the entrance to the Annisquam River. January of 1979.  We haven’t seen a freeze since then!
Laura Brown

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9 Responses to The Big Freeze of January 1979

  1. Lidiane Sands says:

    wow..that is amazing Thank you for sharing:)

  2. E.J. says:

    Great photos, but I don’t think I want to see this happen again soon.

  3. Dave Moore says:

    That was a big freeze!!

  4. Wm. Skipper Publicover says:

    Was a very cold winter on the Parker River, Newbury, MA. My 1st Winter owning the Yacht yard; frozen from Byfield to Ipswitch Bay.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Who was the other crazy person out on the ice taking the picture!

  6. Tim Bell says:

    Remember that winter , enjoyed the pics thank you!

  7. Dave H says:

    I remember cousin Russ and Danny doing that,one cold winter.

  8. Abbie says:

    I remember skating on Lobster Cove that year, but these guys were crazy!

  9. Anonymous says:

    We had our sailboat wintering over next to the old Annisquam Bridge this year. The ice made it real easy to check ‘er out. No need to break out the dinghy…just skate on over.

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