A ShutterBug Explores ~ Wordless Wednesday


'Ten Pound Island' on Cape Ann MA

In enquiring minds wanted to know the source of the name of this island.  ~ According the USCG in Gloucester MA.

 In 1820 The Commonwealth of Mass chutes and the town of Glouster ceded approx. 1.7 acres to the U.S. Government for the erection of an inner Harbor Lighthouse. 
* In 1821 a 40’ stone tower, house storage shed was built for $24,200.00 
* In 1881 stone tower was replaced by the present cast iron structure. 
* There are numerous roomers on how Ten Pound Island received its name. One was for the amount of money that was paid to the Coral Indians for the property.  
* Historian Joseph Garland wrote that it was more likely named for the number of sheep in pens (also known as pounds) on the island. 
* Another roomer is that a ten-pound cannonball fired from Stage Fort across the harbor reached the island. 

We are sharing with: Sandee's Wordless Wednesday.

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  1. Intrigued by the lighthouse on the island. I've not been to this part of Massachusetts.

  2. Your views are fabulous. Wow.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, Carol. Love and hugs to you both. ♥

  3. Ten Pound Island looks a little chilly today!

  4. Beautiful photo. Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog for the loss of Sammy. XO

  5. Ten Pound Island I love that name....and the photo of the ship
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. Nice photo but I am curious about the name. My first thought was that may have been the price paid for it many years ago. If so, why pounds and not dollars!

  7. Interesting name - nice photo!

  8. I'm so curious about Ten POund Island! It's a lovely moody picture, but I need words ;>) Hope you blog about it again someday!

  9. That's a cool story about the Island name, we were wondering too!

  10. The sheep sounds like the reason for the name. Lovely photo

  11. A lovely photo and interesting history. Have a nice day.

  12. very interesting. wonderful photo!

  13. Thank you for the explanation Carol as I was definitely one who asked about the name. My computer broke shortly after I visited here before so I spent some time today searching for this old post; am glad I found it!! It was interesting that "pound" meant "pen" back then (whether that is the reason for the Island's name or not). When I was a child, I always wondered why they used to call the animal shelters for stray dogs "pounds". (They were not nice places way back then, I am glad they have somewhat improved nowadays.)


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