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Thursday, April 22, 2021

CraneExplorer Hike: Shipwreck Scholars Hit the Bea...

Ada K. Damon

About CraneExplorer Hike: Shipwreck Scholars Hit the Beach

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CraneExplorer events are designed to appeal to the little ones* while giving their parents a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Crane Estate. These hikes cover less ground to accommodate smaller strides and have more frequent stops to look, listen, and learn from our CraneOutdoors guides. Not just a walk in the woods, these family-friendly experiences teach kids and delight adults by exploring the wonder of our coastal habitats and the rich history of the Crane Estate.

There is something magical about a shipwreck and the mysteries of the past it brings to mind. The shipwreck of the Ada K. Damon was a staple on Steep Hill Beach for over 100 years, having run aground there on December 26th, 1909 and subsequently buried by the shifting sands. Then, one fateful day in 2020, a storm scoured the sands away, revealing her to the elements. Later that year, another storm broke her up and parts of her are now sprinkled all over this less explored, but no less beautiful part of the Crane Estate.

This hike will have guests hitting the beach and adventuring into the past to discover how we came to know the Ada K. Damon and what events led up to her destruction. Join us in the exploration of this magical wreck and its history at Steep Hill Beach.

Highlights include:

  • Walking to the western-most part of the Crane Estate, Cedar Point
  • Collecting shells on the beach
  • Exploration of the Ada K. Damon shipwreck and Steep Hill Beach

*The “little ones” typically means children ages 5-12. Please be aware that we do walk the full two hours and cover approximately 2-3 miles. As such, parental discretion on your child’s ability to manage this activity is advised. If you have questions, please reach out to our CraneExplorer Lead Guide, Meghan Bowe, at

Family pricing is for one “average” nuclear family (approximately 2 adults and 2 children). If you have a larger family or want to bring additional family members please purchase additional tickets.

Please be aware that for public health and saftey during the COVID-19 pandemic, we require all staff, volunteers, and guests (over 2 years old) to wear a mask at all times during this event, including while hiking. We have reduced our event capacities to better facilitate social distancing. Please do not attend if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have traveled out of New England in the last 2 weeks, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Thank you!

Weather cancellation policy: All trips will take place rain or shine with the following exceptions: If there is a high confidence that thunder and lightning will be present, we may cancel a trip up to one hour in advance. If the forecast is for steady and heavy rain all day, we may decide to cancel by 3pm on the day before the event. If either of these happens, all registrants will be notified by email and/or phone with as much notice as possible and issued full refunds.

The starting location and other relevant details for events will be emailed to registrants witihn 24 hours of the event at the address provided upon registration.

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