The   Great   Storm   of   1933

I have always hear stories about the storm of '33 and the damage that 
it caused in Dorchester County.  The one thing that sticks out in my 
mind is that the bridge to the lowest island of the Hooper Island chain 
was washed away and eventually all who lived there moved elswhere.
While going through some newspaper I have found the reporting done at
the time of the storm.  Be sure to check to see if your relative is

This will be exactly as written in the Daily Banner.

Debby Moxey
29 June 1999

Wednesday - 23 August 1933
The wind storm of the past few hours has done a great deal of damage
to shipping along the entire Atlantic seaboard.  While the wind has
not assumed the magnitude of a hurricane locally, still it has had
force enough to swamp a large number of small boats and to make many
of the larger ones drag their anchors and ground on the shore and on
bars close to their points of anchorage.
The almost continuous down fall of rain for the past forty eight hours
has so filled many of the smaller boats as to cause a water logged
condition with the result that the waves which resulted from the
storm swept over them and completely filled them, many of them sinking
at their anchorage while in other cases a considerable number of them
were turned over.
It is impossible at this time to get any reports as to the damage done
in fact, with practically all telegraph and telephone wires out of
commission outside of Cambridge no reports can be received, but it is
certain that the damage is very great.

While the wind storm that has been sweeping over this section of the
county since about one o'clock this morning has not reached the
proportions of a hurricane still there has been force enough to it to
cause a great deal of damage.  However, the greatest damage that has
occurred has been caused by the heavy rains of the past three days
which have soaked the ground to such a depth as to loosen the roots
of all vegetation including the larger trees.
No estimate can be placed upon the damage done as it will be necessary
to await the clearing up of the storm before the loss to growing crops
can be ascertained, but there seems to be no doubt of the fact that
both the tomato and corn crops have suffered very severly.  In many
instances whole fields have become so soaked by the rainfall as to be
quagmires and in he case of the corn the tops heavy with the new made
ears have been so heavy as to cause the whole stalks to lie flat on
the ground.  Whole fields of tomatoes are under water and it seems 
quite likely that the entire crops on these fields are destroyed.