that touched our ancestors' lives


Fires Floods Tornadoes Train Wrecks

  Home Earthquakes Hurricanes Ship Wrecks Explosions More...



New Jersey Disasters
Disasters by Location
Disasters by Type
New Jersey Genealogy
Search New Jersey Birth, Death, Marriage and other records
Vital Records, searchable by surname. Find your ancestors.
Search Historic Newspapers Online
Find your ancestors in over 1000 old newspapers from the 1700s-1900s
Search US Federal Census Records for Your Ancestors
Searchable by surname and location, index and images, 1790-1930
Social Security Death Index
Search SSDI records on millions of Americans, updated frequently
Search Historical Documents
Find Your Ancestors in City Directories, Civil War & Revolutionary War Records, Naturalization Records
Obituary Collection

Search full-text obituaries from newspapers across the country

Washington Old Photos
Old Photos & Genealogy Blog
Search Over One Million Family Photographs






Search New Jersey Records Search birth, death & marriage records, immigration & ships passenger lists, census images, genealogy & history books at for your ancestors. Free Trial for all records

New Jersey Storm

January 3, 1914

Extensive Damage is Done by Terific (sic) Storm
Wireless Stations Alert for Distress Calls

Bulkheads All the (sic) Along Coast Are Washed Out and Waters Make Great Inroads – Repair Work Since Last Week’s Storm is Destroyed. Cottages Washed Away – Lifesavers Patrol Shore.

New York, Jan 3. –
A terrific gale, sweeping along the New Jersey coast today, caused floods which did extensive damage.

At Seabright, New Jersey, the Octagon hotel was partially destroyed by the high tide, and a number of cottages, inhabited by fishermen, were washed away.

A tidal wave flooded the peninsula lying between the ocean beach and the Shrewsbury river.

Members of the Seabright fire department, headed by Mayor George W. Elliott, worked all night to check the inroads of the flood and to save the abutments along the shore.

The wind increased in volume and life-savers constantly patrolled the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Barnegat, keeping a sharp lookout for ships in distress. At Sandy Hook, the wind attained a velocity of more than eighty miles an hour.

Bulkheads Washed Out.

At a number of points, bulkheads built along the coast to protect the homes of summer residents were washed out. At some places the waves were fifteen to twenty feet high.

Wireless stations along the coast were on the alert for distress calls and were in constant communication with the life-saving stations.

Among the fine summer homes along the coast either damaged, or threatened with damage from the gale and high seas were those owned by General A. H. Cales of the Missouri Pacific Railroad; Washington E. Connor, broker for George J. Gould; Nelson K. Cromer; W. Harrison Rhodes; J. M. Cornell; J. A. Scrimser; J. B. Hoyt; C. D. Halsey and other rich men.

The storm, which gathered off the coast of Georgia, went out to sea then doubled on its tracks and struck New York and New Jersey as a “nor’easter.”

The bulkheads about Seabright had been strained and, in some instances, washed out by the storm of last week and all the repair work that had been accomplished in the meantime was washed away.

High waves, dashed up by the terrific wind, also flooded parts of Rockaway, Far Rockaway, Edgemere and Arverne, on the Long Island coast.

At Rockaway, families living on the beach were driven from their homes and bulkheads were washed away. Waves ten feet high swept the streets.

The Marion Daily Star, Marion, OH 3 Jan 1914

Transcribed by Cheryl.  Thank you, Cheryl!


Search for more information on the New Jersey storm and other disasters in the  Historic Newspapers Collection.  The number of newspapers on line has recently doubled - search over 1000 different newspapers. Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

Search for ancestors in New Jersey among billions of names at Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

New Jersey Census 1772-1890  Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.