Excerpt from Beacham Bay: A Brief and Brilliant History by Wallace Peters Helmson
“Beacham Bay is an ocean town nestled comfortably on the coast of the North Atlantic. It’s a cozy little place equally effected by the tides, weather and personalities of the local inhabitants, both living and dead. (See: Ghosts of Beacham Bay by Frank Gregorson.)
It’s hard to say when Beacham was founded although records indicate a precolonial establishment. According to local rumor, Italian explorer John Cabbot sailed by the coast of Beacham Bay, shouting out: “Abbaio!” but no solid evidence indicates that this is true. Christopher Randolph Johnson, or “Christmas” Johnson, as he was known around town, is rumored to be one of the earliest mayors of Beacham Bay. Johnson’s business practices were nebulous and local legend has it that he was a pirate prior to taking leadership of the town, although this seems highly unlikely. Johnson reportedly led a small band of marauders from Beacham Bay and larger Ketcham County, including (but not limited to) Mudburry, Foxtown, Sugarton, Huxton, and Crab Hollow, to take their part in the Revolutionary War.
Fishing is Beacham’s prime industry.
Beacham Bay is home to the Beacham Swimming and Rowing club, which claims to be the oldest establishment in town. Locals swear by the therapeutic aspect of swimming and it is not uncommon to see swimmers splashing around the little bay at just about any time of the day and night.”