Iced In – Marblehead Harbor

  • Two boats are iced in during an arctic cold snap that froze parts of Marblehead Harbor

Last winter was marked by nearly three weeks of sub-20F temperatures which led to a frozen Marblehead Harbor. The ice wasn’t thick enough to support anyone’s weight as it had been during a stretch of the 1970s but the view of ice from Riverhead Beach out past the State Street Landing was impressive.

I found the drone to be the best tool to capture the extent of the frozen water and had flown on the morning of January 3rd, 2018 to this spot where two boats appeared to be iced in. The small patches of water helped accentuate the extent of ice and the frozen line helped lead the viewer toward Abbot Hall and rest of the Marblehead skyline.

By |2019-01-06T10:14:39+00:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , |11 Comments


  1. Evgenia Ryabko January 11, 2019 at 7:07 am - Reply


  2. Bryan Burns January 11, 2019 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I recall that day, I was over by fuel dock, and seeing him take his whaler through the ice to get to his boat. Great perspective. Thank you.

  3. Priscilla Kuffel January 11, 2019 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I remember walking across this entire harbor one winter!

  4. Beverly Park January 11, 2019 at 10:07 am - Reply

    WOW!! great picture.

  5. Peter Haines January 11, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I once walked from the Eastern to the Boston!

  6. Peter Haines January 11, 2019 at 11:25 am - Reply

    And, in the summer…did the same by swimming!

  7. Pam Hilton January 11, 2019 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Remember the harbor completely frozen over. It wasn’t easy to walk as the ice was broken up and refrozen; it wasn’t smooth. That was one very cold winter.

  8. Michael Lawler January 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I remember when it froze in 70’s I lived on Orne then and the little beach and water at end Orne was frozen but in shape of waves not flat out to that ”Priest” Island

  9. Betsy Gillis January 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    That’s cold! So much to look at and think about in this photo. Love it!

  10. Gail Joppich January 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm - Reply


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