Vineyard Gazette Article Remembers Great Freeze of ’34


Vineyard Gazette: True, it has been a cold winter. Throw in the 2 blizzards that bracketed January and it might even rival an old-fashioned winter, the type your grandparents boasted so often about living through. But if so, there is still a good distance to go before we scrape the depths your grand folks were probably thinking of 80 years ago—that stretch of weeks between the ends of December 1933 and February 1934 that caused remarkable things to happen on the waters around Martha’s Vineyard.

Woods Hole, for example, is one of those channels where the currents run hard enough to drive channel buoys over onto their sides. But it froze over so solidly that year in early February that people on the shore couldn’t see the tide running at all.

Read more about the Great Freeze of 1934 on Martha’s Vineyard.