Henry Ravenel Describes the Great Carolina Hurricanes of September 1752

Title

Henry Ravenel Describes the Great Carolina Hurricanes of September 1752

Subject

Great Carolina Hurricanes of 1752 (September 15 and September 30)

Description

Henry Ravenel, son of Huguenot emigrant Rene Ravenel and owner of Hanover Plantation, routinely documented significant events, both personal and financial, a habit he presumably inherited from observing his father keep detailed records of important events and financial expenses. For Friday 15 September , Ravenel recorded his experiences with the hurricanes and the damage caused by them. Ravenel wrote the following account of the hurricanes: “Fryday 15 the hardest wind ever I heard and rain it lasted from 10 o’clock to 1 in the afternoon at the heights and blow’d down our fowl house, the roof of our corn house [,] negroe kitchen[,] cooper shop[,] and 2 negroe houses…” Of the second hurricane, on 30 September, he noted that it “blow’d as hard as the hurricane for about 2 hours but did no damage on land but at sea”, indicating that he did not recognize it as being a hurricane in comparison to the first hurricane.

Creator

Henry Ravenel

Source

Diary and Account Book of Rene Ravenel and Henry Ravenel, 1731-1860 (pages 20 & 21)

Date

15 September 1752 and 30 September 1752

Contributor

Amy Glen

Format

Manuscript

Language

English

Type

Manuscript

Coverage

1700-1799

Files

Ravenel Diary and Account Book page 21.JPG

Citation

Henry Ravenel, “Henry Ravenel Describes the Great Carolina Hurricanes of September 1752,” Disaster History Archive, accessed August 19, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/56.

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