New England Storm, Mar 1854
Mr. J. E. P. Stevens, of the Tremont House, Boston, visited Lynn, with the intention of proceeding to Nahant, and started to cross the beach, where he found a perfect simoon prevailing, which threatened to bury horst and vehicle in the sand. The horse made but little progress, and finally turned his head towards Lynn, and aided by the wind, made the most astonishing time from his starting place to the stable door. A person, who came to Nahant at two o'clock to-day, reports that such a gale was never before experienced on the peninsula, but no damage to speak of had taken place.
On Saturday morning, about 10 o'clock, the wind blew over a portion of Court-square and Court-avenue, Boston, and a man named Daniel Regan was struck by the falling bricks and had his head crushed in a frightful manner. He was carried to the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he soon after died. He was about 55 years of age, and had been for eight years in the employ of Mr. Samuel Orcutt, machinist, No. 8 Court-avenue. He had just stepped from Mr. Orcutt's door when the bricks fell. Mr. Regan has left a family in South-street-place.
Another accident that nearly proved fatal, occurred on the Neck the same morning. A vehicle, in which an old gentleman was riding, was lifted from the fore wheels and fell to the ground, very badly injuring the occupant. The horse ran a short distance, but was stopped.
The tin roofing of the new building in Washington-street, Boston, occupied by Messrs. Brown & Allen, piano-forte makers, was rolled up by the wind from the coping to about half way to the top of the roof, and the roof lifted at the eaves by the violence of the gale.
It is a wonder that many people were not hurt by falling slates and boards, for at almost every step these missiles are seen upon the ground where they fell. We learn that a woman was hurt in Billerica-street, Boston, by a falling upon her.
The vessels at the Boston wharves were much affected by the gale, and rather chafed at the restrictions put upon them by hemp hawsers and iron chains. The ship Adelaide Ball, at Constitution-wharf, parted a chain-cable in the stream, but was held secure by another. The bark Yuba went ashore at George's Island, and the pilot-boat had to ask the aid of the steamer Forbes, in getting up to port. The steamer Arabia, at East Boston, it was feared, would careen over on the wharf, or get adrift. The posts on the wharf were broken, cables were parted, but the vessel was finally secured.
The New York Times, New York, NY 21 Mar 1854