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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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