As you drive around Westhampton Beach a big anchor might catch your eye as you drive by the Westhampton Beach Marina on Library Avenue. It sits high and dry surrounded by flowers and a big rock that tells its story.
The anchor is all that is left of what was once the good ship William C. Carnegie, which sank off Moriches in 1909. The Carnegie, a five-masted schooner was carrying coal from Boston bound for New York when she hit the bar about 600 yards off the beach. All 12 men aboard were saved by Lifesavers from the Moriches Life Saving Station.
How the anchor came to it’s current resting place is another story. The Carnegie was the first of the great schooners of its time to be equipped with two stockless anchors. The Baldt Anchor Company of Chester Pennsylvania patented the stockless anchor in 1897. A Baldt anchor is on display at the U.S.S. Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor.
The wreck of The Carnegie made several appearances in the surf line on the beach near West Hampton Dunes. In 1959 the ribs of the old ship became visible along with one of the large anchors. Two years later it appeared again and the Suffolk County Public Works Department was notified. It took another five years before the anchor was retrieved from the surf and moved to the Suffolk County Facility in Yaphank. In 1970 the anchor was moved to the Westhampton Beach Village Green where it remained until 1987 when it was moved to the Westhampton Beach Marina. In 2002 the Westhampton Beach Historical Society dedicated the BALDT ANCHOR and a plaque was installed to memorialize the William C. Carnegie and the now famous anchor.
The Westhampton Beach Historical Society will host a walking tour of Remsenburg’s Historic Main Street. Local resident and historian, Stephanie Davis, will guide the tour and provide her insight and background of the many charming homes lining Main Street. The 2 hour tour, in celebration of the Town of Southampton’s 375th anniversary, will begin at 2 pm and is free !! The tour will start and end at the Remsenburg Academy. Light refreshments will be available afterwards.
features early village business models and shows how they have changed – or disappeared altogether over the past 100 years. Scientific advancements were rapid and how business owners responded to these developments changed the village. So stop in and enjoy learning more about your village.
is a collection of beautiful photographs of the Atwater Estate built in 1905 on Seafield Lane in Westhampton Beach. This Quantuck Bay estate of over ten acres is still the largest property in the village. It boasted magnificent flower gardens and a green house, and also a huge vegetable garden which provided food for not only the Atwater Estate, but at least 5 other families as well. The catalpa trees planted in 1905 still line Seafield Lane today.
Come visit our exhibit and share your memories with us! We are planning a special area with a selection of memorabilia and photos from yearbooks dating from as far back as the 20’s! (if you haven’t signed up yet – here is the link – https://reunionmanager.net/reunion_registration.php?class_id=328863 Hope to see you there!
This October local schools will be bringing classrooms to visit, and learn about their heritage. – 2015 marks the 375th Anniversary of Southampton Town. There are special events planned throughout the town all year long that highlight our many villages. We will be participating with two tours – one of Westhampton Businesses on July 18th and one of historic homes in Remsenburg on August 9th. Check back for further details!
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