1839 – The Wreck of the Hesperus is inspired

“The Wreck of the Hesperus” is a narrative poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which is based on the twenty ships that were lost in the Great Blizzard of 1839, which hit the New England coast of America on January 6 of that year. In particular, Longfellow is believed to have been inspired by the sinking of a ship named Favorite on that day.

In the poem, the Hesperus is wrecked when it dashed on a reef named Norman’s Woe, an actual reef on Cape Ann in Massachusetts, USA, much like the Favorite was.

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