You’ve probably seen the painted rock in front of the lighthouse tower. Here’s the story that goes with it.
They’d stood in knee-deep ocean water for most of that December night. It was a miracle they’d survived.
Hanna is the only American to win both the nation’s highest military, and civilian, honors for bravery.
Less than an hour later the ship struck the top of Alden’s Rock, tearing a hole in the engine compartment. Before the water quenched the boilers, Capt. Borland gave the order to steam directly for land.
That night, blinding snow, hurricane-force winds and 40-foot seas blew up as two storms — one from the south and one from the west — joined forces in ravaging New England.