The Great New England Hurricane, Boston, 1938


The Great New England Hurricane of September 1938 killed 600 to 800 people, damaged or destroyed 57,000 homes, took out 26,000 automobiles, and felled 2 billion trees. It was the first major hurricane to hit New England since 1869. In New York City, the East River surged three blocks inland. This photo was taken on Boston Common where the Ducklings sculpture is now.

Fredrik D. Bodin Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

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One comment

  • Thanks for posting, Fred.
    I was only 3 years old when the 1938 hurricane hit Gloucester so, I don’t remember anything about the actual event. I do remember that my Grandfather, Albert P. Hubbard had a bunch of photos taken along the Boulevard after the storm of several schooners smashed ashore there and on the rocks at State Fort Park. I’ll bet someone else has some of them today, maybe the Cape Ann Museum.


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