JUST 9 MONTHS AFTER THE '38 HURRICANE - IT LOOKED LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED IN THIS 1939 NEW BEDFORD CLASSIC FILM. The harbor was busy with routine maritime activity. The "ALERT" made its routine runs.
Many trees are seen remarkably intact after winds reached 110+ MPH with a 13 foot tidal surge the in the city. Regionally, 5,000 buildings were destroyed, 2600 vessels sunk, whole beach front communities were wiped off the face of the earth in one of the greatest hurricanes to impact Southern New England. In this clip, The New Bedford Yacht Club is missing next to the bridge on the right side. It was demolished and scattered into pieces of broken lumber and debris across Rt 6. That is the only evidence I could see in this short clip from the effects of the storm, although the devastation was massive. The city was in between disasters as WWII was 2 years away. A bustling downtown on a warm spring day shows New Bedford in it's heyday in 1939. This film was restored by The MLBaron Historic Archives.