Friday, December 25, 2015

The Flying Santa Claus

Edward Rowe Snow.  Legends of the New England Coast.  Dodd, Mead & Co., 1957.

Edward Snow served with XII Bomber Command during World War II.  After the war, he became a journalist and historian, with a primary interest in New England maritime history.  In spite of these contributions, he is perhaps best remembered today for upholding the tradition, started in 1929 by Captain William Wincapaw of Friendship, Maine, of dropping wrapped gifts on Christmas to isolated lighthouse keepers and their families.  He did this himself from 1936 to 1980.  Today, the tradition is carried on by the Friends of Flying Santa, now using helicopters instead of fixed-wing aircraft.

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