Aerial Swifts Beach

This card has to be dated around 1950, give or take 3 years. Look at the road, Wankinco Ave, that runs parallel to Swifts Beach and runs West and ends at Marks Cove on the bottom of the picture. It's over the word "Aerial" on the postcard. Notice two houses at the end of the road, one with a red roof. Another dirt road run parallel with the cove and is partly obscured by trees. Before 1938 there were several cottages on the cove, my mother's cottage being one of them at the far end of the woods to the left on the picture. It was right on the edge of the marsh.

At a full-moon high tide, it crept up to our cottage and went under it. All that is left today are a few cedar posts that held it up.

All of the cottages in that area were washed away in the 1938 Hurricane. The hurricanes did not have names until later.

After the '38 Hurricane, a couple of brave souls rebuilt at the end of Wankinco Ave as you can see from this postcard. That road is now just a path to Marks Cove, sometimes called Cedar Island cove. The small island in the middle of the cove is called Cedar Island.

There is one dirt road left which also runs to Marks Cove, off of Murphy Street, but the other dirt roads have all disappeared, taken over by Mother Nature.

Hurricane Carol on August 31, 1954 washed away the red roof cottage and the other cottage there. The massive base of a chimney is still visible.

It also took out the cottages on the front beach (Swifts Beach) as my mother called it.I don't recall her calling our little beach the "back beach".

Bill and Pat Berry's mother and daughter were in their cottage on Wankinco Ave when the hurricane hit (Carol) The tidal wave (surge) put their second floor under water. They were on their way to the attic when the surge subsided. The cottage survived. This was the second cottage they built on that site. The first was completely destroyed by the '38 hurricane.

The next hurricane to do damage was Hurricane Bob in 1991.  Bill Berry left his Hobie 18  in the water off the beach and it was blown away by Bob.  Ended up in the woods in pieces.  Sad.  I offered to pull it out and store it at my property but he said he thought some long, long anchor lines would hold it.  Nope.  O the Hurricane Bob video you can see the wind picking it up and blowing it away.

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