As last night’s (Jan. 9) Action News segment explained, the sight of recent ice jams on the Delaware brought out spectators with cameras to record the “once in a lifetime” event. However, for our friend William Hall this makes at least twice, as regular readers of our newsletter will recall (“Adrift on the Icy Delaware,” Gaslight News, January 2013).
This stereoview of ice shards clustered up over the pier by the Riverton Yacht Club in January 1920 comes from Elsie Waters. There is another view on a Feb. 2011 post along with a few other images from this rare collection.
Back to the ice conversation.
Here is mention of a close call for some ice skaters rescued from an ice floe in 1900 by Charles Biddle.
Mary Flanagan’s scrapbook continues to be a goldmine of source material for this blog. This newspaper clipping provides another example of the uncommon phenomenon.
Or is it?
Can any reader recall another occurrence of glacial blockage on the Delaware?
If you have an old one or a new one, please send us a scan or donate it for our archives.
Please appreciate the view from a safe distance.
This is NOT to suggest that anyone should actually risk going out on the ice.
Or in it, as evidenced by this clipping from a Feb. 11, 1917 New York Times showing Riverton’s Charles Durbonard taking his usual morning dip in the Delaware prior to going to his office in a Philadelphia bank.
I believe this is the same Charles Durborow referenced in news articles of the 1910s-1920s as being a champion long-distance swimmer associated with the Riverton Yacht Club.
Again, I digress. – John McCormick