Staff photo by Don Himsel Archive photo courtesy of the Nashua Public Library   The steamboat Ida Lewis on the Nashua RIver near the Main Street Bridge.

“Sergeant Adams and his companion had started in a small boat from New­port and when near Fort Adams, the craft was struck by a squall and over­turned. The sea was heavy, the weather extremely cold and snow was falling. The cries of the men clinging to the boat were heard at the lighthouse and Ida Lewis, then 28 years old, started in her rowboat alone to the rescue…”

Ida was a rock star. You can read all about her here. Go ahead. It’s worth the look.

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