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Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon Island

Not to be used for navigation

Tarpaulin Cove

In 1898, the four masted schooner, Lunet, loaded with coal, anchored here to wait out a Southwesterly gale. The next day, the winds changed direction to Northeasterly, and the hurricane force winds were accompanied by a blinding blizzard. Unable to escape, and now on a lee shore, Lunet was lost when her anchor parted and she sank in 60 feet of water with all 200 persons onboard. It was one of the worst disasters in New England shipping history.

Otherwise, in fair weather, Tarpaulin Cove is considered a lovely anchorage.

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