Big waves hit the shore line this week after Igor skirted off the coast and toward the great Atlantic Ocean. Crowds of curious Rhode Islander’s headed down the point to see the great wave action. This is the site of the Coast Guard Station and Point Judith Lighthouse.
The terrible dangers and lost lives in that part of the ocean, and loss of ships in this area, influenced the decision to build a railroad from Stonington Connecticut to Providence Rhode Island in the 19th century which is now part of the North East Corridor railroad for Amtrak.
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Over the years, even with the presence of a lighthouse at Point Judith, many ships have met their end on its shoals. A partial list includes the Normandy (1864), American Eagle (1870), Acusionet (1870), Venus (1877), Cucktoo (1882), Harry Barry (1888), Anita (1888), Mars (1892), Blue Jay (1896), Amanda E. (1902), and the Comet (1973), among many others. In 1855 alone, at least sixteen ships either ran aground or were wrecked within sight of the light station.
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