Smoke in the Harbor – Corinthian Yacht Club

  • Sea smoke forms inside Marblehead Harbor and in front of the Corinthian Yacht Club on an arctic morning in December

One year ago on a truly arctic morning at the end of December, I made my way to Front Street and captured sea smoke inside Marblehead Harbor. Since moving to Marblehead in 2008, I’ve been fascinated by the phenomenon of sea smoke – literal steam coming off the ocean when an arctic air mass lies above the water.  The smoke has appeared as early as late December or as late as mid-February.

On this particular morning, the combination of very cold air and relatively warm water allowed smoke to appear inside Marblehead Harbor. I had only seen this once before and never to this extent. I ended up capturing the smoke in front of the Corinthian Yacht Club as the sun backlit and accentuated the tendrils.  I was even able to shoot the Eastern with significant smoke in front of its facade…I’ll have to share that one another time.

We haven’t had any sea smoke yet this winter and so I thought I would share this image today.

By |2019-01-15T21:56:36+00:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , |5 Comments


  1. Joanne Spence January 16, 2019 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I saw this phenomenan occur on Lake Winnipesaukee several years ago during Columbus Day weekend very early in the morning.

  2. Donna Agnew January 16, 2019 at 7:25 am - Reply

    What a shot for a spookey smokey movie?

  3. Ty Andersen January 16, 2019 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Never Been In That Place….

  4. Diane DeBettencourt Vigneron January 16, 2019 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Very cool!

  5. Pete Walsh January 16, 2019 at 11:33 am - Reply


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