Fake Fernandina – A Hurricane Dora photograph – A glance again

By Susan Hardee Steger
Could 9,  2022

Initially posted June 2017

Editor’s Observe:  This story assisted me discover the wonderful energy of the press.  Now when an individual posts the “Fake Fernandina” picture, on Fb, it’s speedily dismissed.  Many because of my previous shut good friend Clint Loaded for aiding me debunk the parable. 

Virtually by no means does a back-and-forth Fb dialogue seize my curiosity, however a brand new an individual definitely did. The dialog began when area native Terry McKendree posted an image of a row of seashore houses with a tsunami-like wave crashing within the background. Positively an discover grabber, the image was supposedly taken in Fernandina Seashore in 1964 by means of Hurricane Dora, a single of the worst hurricanes to go to our coastal group in my life time.

McKendree was sure of the photograph’s origin in spite of everything, the picture was included in a 2014 Countrywide Climate situations Supplier publication entited  “The fiftieth Anniversary of “Hurricane Dora The Storm of Legend in Jacksonville,”  by Nationwide Local weather Service meteorologist Al Sandrick. It was offered on the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Convention citing Fernandina Seashore entrance – Amelia Island because the photograph’s location. Sandrick’s caption research, “Observe the measurement of residences to wave motion!”

The Fb dialogue ongoing to pique my curiosity as Fernandina indigenous William Willis joined in to authenticate the image with an eyewitness report: “It happened at some stage in the day. I used to be at north seashore, I went exterior into the attention, and witnessed the harmful wave.”

A further Fernandina native and Fb poster, Clint Wealthy, was unsure. He skilled witnessed the picture at Ron Jon’s Surf Retailer in Cocoa Seashore entrance within the early Seventies. (An effective way to advertise surf boards!) Rich talked about three distinctive people, we suppose unrelated, have knowledgeable him their father or grandfather captured the picture from the dunes on the north finish of Amelia.

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Extended-time resident Clinch Kavanaugh observed the exact same photograph in a retailer on the Outer Monetary establishments of North Carolina within the late Nineteen Nineties. Michael Leary confirmed the Outer Banking firms attribute when he posted the {photograph} with the inscription, “Ash Wednesday Storm, March 7, 1962, Kitty Hawk, N. C.”

A equal image is attributed to a 1962 Ash Wednesday Storm in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The most recent rely on McKendree’s first publish reveals the photograph was shared by 62 individuals. The ripple consequence has been superior!

The “wave photograph” is actually ubiquitous. Years in the past once I attended an Emergency Administration presentation, the wave scene was the primary {photograph} proven. It was meant to scare the dickens out of these in attendance. These days, on the frequent meeting of the Fernandina Seashore entrance Metropolis Price, the picture appeared in Vice Mayor Len Kreger’s presentation of a Dune and Seaside Administration System. It even appeared on town’s web web site.

In accordance with Ample, every 12 months throughout hurricane season the uncertain photograph appears. A couple of of months previous to McKendree’s put up, Ample said to his spouse, “Get all set for the image to pop up yet again!” And out of the blue it appeared.

Lest you are feeling I’m judging everybody for believing the photograph’s close by origin, I used to be duped myself! I procured the image within the late Nineteen Nineties from a photograph retailer on Sadler Highway. It must have been an enormous vendor contemplating the truth that my co-worker Suanne Thamm purchased the image on the identical retailer. I used to be defined to that Ray Caldwell, earlier editor of the Information Chief, took the {photograph} from the lighthouse. When Robert Feige, longtime employees of the Data Chief joined the Fb thread and posted many webpages of the Data Chief Hurricane Dora safety with out the large wave photograph, I grew to become a non-believer. This {photograph} is for sure “Fake Fernandina.”

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And the story carries on . . .

A Google lookup led me to a dialog on an Outer Banks web site, and there yet again was the picture! When a dialogue board participant questioned if the image was precise, Eve Turek, perfectly-recognized photographer and proprietor of Yellow Residence Gallery in Nags Head, responded.

Her condensed response follows:

Turek sells copies of the wave {photograph} in her gallery. Throughout 2009, a buyer recognized the photographer as Linda Westerman. Finally, Turek and Westerman fulfilled, and Westerman confirmed Turek a harmful of the genuine photograph together with different photographs she took in the summertime.

Westerman outlined to Turek that in 1972, she waited tables on the Outer Banking establishments at some stage in her summer season break from faculty or college. As a high-quality arts large, with a emphasis on photos, she arrange her private darkroom. An project for her senior portfolio was to supply a “trick” {a photograph} by stacking two or way more negatives alongside each other. 1 of her photos was a close-up of a wave all through a summer season squall the opposite photograph was of a row of properties Westerman thinks have been situated in Kitty Hawk. In accordance with Turek, “she produced the composite picture with no intention of deceiving Outer Bankers.” Turek continues to supply the images in her Yellow Property Gallery, however royalties now go to Westerman.

So how did the image attain the inscription “Ash Wednesday Storm?” Turek believes that a person principally examined the photograph and decided it should have been taken all by means of the well-known Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962.

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Irrespective of if or not the upper than data and info may at any time sustain in a courtroom of regulation is anybody’s guess, however with all of the circumstantial proof we now have, I’m considering the thriller solved.

The {photograph} in challenge was not taken in Fernandina Seashore at some stage in Hurricane Dora.

I can assure you that my duplicate of the picture is destined for the trash, however like Clint Wealthy, I’ll count on to see that acquainted fake image on Fb in 2018 simply because the upcoming hurricane time begins.

Editor’s Observe: Within the event the Fernandina Observer is ready to establish Linda Westerman who took the genuine {photograph}, we’ll put together a observe up report. Our because of Eve Turek, proprietor of the Yellowhouse Gallery who graciously took my mobile phone merely name and is helping us in our quest to establish Westerman. Turek’s testimony is dependable!

To look at complete testimony from Eve Turek, merely click on under and scroll all the way down to EveT response.

Replace: Instantly after a in depth delay, I used to be prepared to succeed in Linda Westerman concerning her image. Linda was acutely aware the {photograph} appeared in an Outer Banking establishments restaurant, however she was flabbergasted that the {photograph} skilled made its method down the coast of Florida and to the tackle of the 2014 Nationwide Climate Companies generate-up. She verified the merged photograph was a pictures project when she was in larger training. Westerman reported the Tsunami wave was taken when the ocean waves ended up somewhat relaxed.  By the way in which, she acquired an “A” for her undertaking.


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