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Servere weather, Sheppey, 1789.
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2010, 21:00:55 »
From the Steven Rouse diaries Monday 21st January 1789.
A yarl was amongst the ice near the lifeing, but no hands to be seen, supposed to be lost, and the ice at sea seem'd to continue from Sheppey to Essex. The people on board the Nore light, fired powder all the forenoon in distress, and impossible to be got at for the ice.
The severest frost at this time i ever knew, and one continued sheet of ice from Sheppey to Essex, down so low at the Red Sand, and a white buoy no 292 with chain and a stone of a tun weight was brought by the ice from the south end of the sand spanyard to Saunders brook at low water mark.
n.b. This light vessel drove down with the ice a mile to sea. The wilks was drove with the sea to a foot of the beach in great quantities, and numbers of lobsters, also frozen to death in the ice, of the very best quality i ever tasted, also the horse boat at Kings Ferry was frozen up, and did not pass above two days, from the 17th of January to the 19th of January 1789, nor the passanger boat from Sheerness to London but once in all this time. John Jenkins. looker. Wallend farm, brought the post and passangers, and goods for Mr Bentham of Sheerness, and Burgess of Queenboro' over in a little boat near the Stray creek, and deserves the thanks of the island.
Hometown Blues Syd Arthur


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