Lydia Carver: Ghost Bride of Cape Elizabeth Aug 1, 2015 20:49:04 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Aug 1, 2015 20:49:04 GMT -5
Lydia Carver: Ghost Bride of Cape Elizabeth
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine – CBS 13’s Gregg Lagerquist tells the tale of a 200-year-old shipwreck and ghost story that still lives today near the shingle-clad Inn by the Sea Hotel. Monday was a sunny, gentle July day off Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, but this story is about a far different July day and night, almost exactly 208 years ago.
“And when it left Boston that night in July 1807, the weather was fairly good. But by midnight, July 12, 1807, the weather was foul and dark and it was a heavy sea and the fog closed in,” Herb Adams, local historian, began. “And in the dark, storm and fog, the Charles got too close to Richmond Island off Kettle Cove and struck what’s known as Watts Ledge on its eastern edge. And upon striking, every mariner’s worst nightmare had come true, it turned broadside to the waves. It was pushed against the rocks and pounded like a fist by the sea for the rest of the night. And even though it was within sight of shore, the storm and tide kept rescue efforts at bay for an agonizing 12 hours. To that date, the wreck of the Charles was the worst maritime disaster the local area had ever suffered. Sixteen died, six survived, just barely. And the accident happened on a Sunday to make it all the worse, a Sabbath day death, heavy, heavy with symbolism for the people of that era,” Adams said.
But today, according to Adams, the story of the schooner Charles is best remembered for just one of those passengers: “Young Lydia Carver, 24-years-old, who had traveled to Boston from Freeport to buy her wedding trousseau. Her body washed ashore on Crescent Beach the next day, right next to her new wedding dress. Her dress, her possessions, the things that would have symbolized her brand new life that she never had and they found her that way and carried her up from the shore to the nearest graveyard, ”he continued.
The slate gravestone of Lydia Carver (above) is still there, right next to the Inn by the Sea. Some folk at the inn and in the area claim the ghost of Lydia Carver haunts the shore, still searching for the wedding dress she will never wear. “But ah! What bitter tears are shed for fathers, mothers, babes who sleep, in the dark mansions of the deep,” Adams recited.
Source: WGME, July 14, 2015.
See also “The Ghost of Benton, Maine, Resurrected”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/467/ghost-benton-falls-resurrected
“Haunts of Maine’s Haynesville Road”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/2622/haunts-maines-haynesville-road
“The Ice-Shrouded Ghosts of Maine”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/3235/ice-shrouded-ghosts-maine
“Maine’s Ship from the Fleet of the Dead”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/2296/maines-ship-fleet-dead
“Maine Murders, Gallows and Ghosts”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/6190/maine-murders-gallows-ghosts