When asked about Hurricane Bob, many reflect more on how 22 years have sped by than the hurricane itself. In fact I've had some say that Hurricane Bob wasn't that bad.
It certainly could have been worse, but for those who were in it's inner destructive periphery like the Crescent Beach area in Mattapoisett, the recollections are much different.
Bob was the earliest known hurricane to impact southern New England. This was the first BIG test for the Hurricane Barrier on the 25th anniversary of its completion since 1966. The most prominent landmark destroyed in Greater New Bedford was the Crow Island Tower. The newly constructed $35,000 boardwalk on the causeway to West Island was destroyed by Bob. The boardwalk lasted less than 2 months. Underground utilities were put in place to West Island after Bob. The last hurricane event before Bob was Gloria Friday Sept 27, 1985.