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YANKEE CLIPPER WRAP BRACELET

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YANKEE CLIPPER WRAP BRACELET

180.00

BY MAIDENDESIGNS

Unique one-of-a-kind triple wrap leather bracelet with antique dark brown leather shank button.

Elements include: jungle "Jasper" (natural), 4x2 mm rondelle, B grade, fancy jasper (natural), 4 mm round, B Grade.  Malachite (natural), 4x4 mm cube, B grade.  Miyuki Half Tile Terra Cotta Opaque Matte two-hole bead. Non-tarnishing silver beads, charm, cord ends.

Size: fully adjustable for 6"-8" wrists, 24" from tail to shank 

This wrap was inspired from my childhood memories of lazy weekends anchored just off Napatree Point, Rhode Island.  My parents and I would walk the mile of beach to the point of Napatree and I'd collect bits and pieces of pottery, glass, terra-cotta tiles and asphalt.  My father told me these treasures were all reminders of the unfortunate people caught in the line of the Yankee Clipper Hurricane of '38 and I should leave them.  I still think about our walks and the treasures I found that were actually a memorial in my father's eye.

The New England Hurricane of 1938 (The Yankee Clipper) was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869.  The storm formed near the coast of Africa in September of the 1938 Atlantic hurricane season, becoming a Category 5.

The hurricane caught New England by surprise.  Forty-two people were in their Fort Road homes on Napatree when the hurricane struck, and 15 died.  The storm demolished all the homes built on Napatree as well as one of the Fort Mansfield gun emplacements.  It created several breakaways in the spit.  The first of these breachways was near the current beach club bathhouses.  At least three more broke the connection between Sandy Point and Napatree Point, severing it from the mainland.  Sandy Point is now an island in Little Narragansett Bay.

Napatree Point is now a wildlife preserve and a popular public beach protected by the Watch Hill Conservancy and Fire District, which have hired wardens to protect the area's wildlife and habitat. These wardens work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the piping glover, a federally endangered species. Napa tree is also home to deer, fox, ospreys and a resting area for migratory birds.

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