January 11 - 1922: Cape Cod Fisherman lost in weird January Hurricane

2006: Lady Grace rescued a year before she sank, VP Cheney disses Cape, DA denies bias in Worthington trial
Lady of Grace after salvage in New Bedford. USCG photo

2006: Coast Guard tows disabled Lady of Grace to port

Rescued 10 miles east of Great Point, Nantucket, a year later she was sunk

On this day in 2006 the Coast Guard towed a 76-foot fishing vessel to safety after the vessel became disabled near Nantucket early Monday morning. The Lady of Grace with four crew members on board, contacted the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 3:34 a.m. and reported they were without power and drifting approximately 10 miles east of Great Point, Nantucket.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Brant Point on Nantucket launched a 47-foot motor life boat to take the vessel in tow.

The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel  departed Woods Hole, and took over towing operations at 11:30 a.m. and towed the Lady of Grace to calmer waters east of Edgartown, where the fishing boat anchored for the evening.

The Sanibel remained on scene throughout the night to ensure the safety of the vessel and crew.

At the time of the tow winds were reported to be at gale force strength with 30 to 35 knots and seas were heavy at 8 to 10 feet. A commercial towing company is scheduled to tow the Lady of Grace to New Bedford today.

A year later the Lady of Grace sank with all hands aboard

Almost exactly a year later, on January 27, 2007, the Coast Guard launched a massive search for the fishing boat Lady of Grace after the 75-foot dragger failed to return as scheduled to New Bedford.

The four-man crew of the boat was last heard from the night before, struggling to cross Nantucket Sound in a winter gale with 6- to 9-foot seas buffeting the Sound.

Using side scan sonar, Coast Guard personnel located the sunken vessel 12 miles south of Hyannis one day after the search began. The bodies of Lady of Grace captain Antonio Barroqueiro and crew member Mario Farinhas were recovered, but two other crew members,  Rogerio Ventura and Joao Silva - were never found.

A Coast Guard report issued concluded that a buildup of ice on the superstructure and lines of the Lady of Grace rendered the vessel top-heavy and most likely caused it to capsize.

2006: V.P. Cheney disses Cape, and gets his facts wrong at the same time

Says, "The history of our country did not begin on Cape Cod in 1620"

On this on 2006, our former Vice President, Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney, used an address to the Virginia General Assembly to get a little dig in on the Bluest State, Massachusetts, and Cape Cod specifically.

In a press release from the Veep's office, the seventh paragraph states;

"The history of our country did not begin on Cape Cod in 1620. (Applause.) That's a great line. (Laughter.) A year before that -- on July 30th, 1619, just a few steps from this sanctuary -- the first representative assembly in the new world was called to order. Indeed, so much of what defines our country -- its language, legal traditions, and institutions -- have roots in the community that rose in this corner of Virginia. English liberty and law, private property, the spirit of free enterprise, and commerce -- all of these are part of the Jamestown legacy." 

Mr. Cheney had his facts wrong: no one ever claimed America's history began here. Most school children know that St. Augustine FL is America's oldest settlement founded in 1565, but the Vice President at least remembered the the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown before settling in Plymouth. Cheney photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

1922: Weird January hurricane hits Cape

On this day in 1922 the newspapers reported a January hurricane three months after the normal end of the hurricane season.  The story began:

DROWNED IN HURRICANE; Cape Cod Fisherman Lost; One Dead in Springfield, Mass.

BOSTON, Jan. 11.--The storm which rushed up the Atlantic Coast today brought the heaviest gale of the Winter to New England, accompanied by rain, sleet and snow. In its course it smashed into the Provincetown fishing fleet and piled up two fishing schooners on the shores of Cape Cod, besides sinking two power dories. One man was drowned...Read the story in the clipping on right.

2006: Prosecutors In Slaying Deny Racial Bias

Man Convicted Of Killing Fashion Writer

Remarks allegedly made by several jurors who convicted a black trash collector of killing a white fashion writer may have been "insensitive," but did not show racial bias on the part of the jurors, prosecutors said.

An attorney for Christopher McCowen last month submitted sworn affidavits from three jurors who claim three other jurors made disparaging racial remarks about black people during deliberations...  McCowen's attorney, Robert George, is asking a judge to hold a hearing on the allegations as part of his bid for a new trial, arguing the three jurors were biased against McCowen and their remarks may have influenced other jurors.

But prosecutors say the remarks attributed to certain jurors do not indicate racial prejudice and do not rise to the legal standard necessary for a judge to violate the sanctity of jury deliberations by questioning jurors now.  One of the jurors, a black woman, claims a white female juror, while trying to convince fellow jurors that Worthington had been bruised during a struggle, said, "...when a big black guy beats up on a small woman' bruises of that size would happen"...

"Perhaps another juror would have used the term 'African-American,' or not used any descriptor at all. There may be a more sensitive method of articulating one's views," the prosecutors wrote. "However there is no indication of racial prejudice or bias."

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including in 1912 the Bread & Roses Strike began in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

On the right is a Wiki Commons photo of Massachusetts National Guardsmen with fixed bayonets surrounding a parade of peaceful :Bread & Roses" strikers.

The 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike, which united dozens of immigrant communities under the leadership of the Industrial Workers of the World, known as the "Wobblies", was led to a large extent by women. The popular mythology of the strike includes signs being carried by women reading "We want bread, but we want roses, too!"


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