Lover’s Rock of Lovells Island – Boston, Massachusetts - Atlas Obscura

Lover’s Rock of Lovells Island

A disastrous shipwreck and a tragic love story. 


In December 1786, thirteen passengers and crew members escaped a sinking wreck off the northern side of the Lovells Island.

The vicious winds of a blizzard pummelled the defenseless survivors, and they all perished. Among the dead were a couple engaged to be married, found in each other’s arms behind a rock on the western side of the island, The lost couple’s tragedy led to the stone being dubbed “Lover’s Rock”.

In the winter of 2024, storms eroded the cliff upon which Lovers rock sat, causing it to tumble down onto the beach below. 

Lovells Island is well known for numerous shipwrecks including the wreck of the alleged French treasure ship Magnifique in 1782. The island is also home to crumbling remains of gun batteries, bunkers and Fort Standish.

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