April 4 - 1934: Vast ice field sweeping into Provincetown Harbor

1985: Two Otis jets crash on training mission
Ice closed Provincetown Harbor in 1918 and 1934.

1934: Ice floes rushing in on Provincetown

$600,000 in boats and piers menaced by vast field sweeping into harbor, Wellfleet Harbor also closed

On this day in 1934 about 100 boats of the Provincetown fishing fleet, valued at $100,000 ($1,750,000 in 2014 dollars), and around $500,000  ($8,750,000 in 2014 dollars) worth of waterfront property faced destruction  as the ice menace at the tip of Cape Cod reached the most serious proportions of the winter. The inflation factor from 1934 to 2014 is over 1,650 percent.

The New York Times article began:

"At the same time near-by Wellfleet reported that its harbor was choked with four-foot field ice which had ripped out most of the piles under the 300-foot pier supporting the Chequessett Inn, a Summer hotel, and that the $50,000 structure might collapse before morning."

The same thing happened to Provincetown a quarter of a century before when the harbor was jammed with ice floes, some as high as ten feet.

Some say that was the worst winter ever in the Cape tip town.

The Advocate, Provincetown's weekly newspaper at the time, said “Taken all together it was the most disagreeable eight days endured by the community within recollection.”

During that winter the harbor was closed to all shipping for a month.

Read the rest of the story below...

1985: Air Force starts probe of Otis F-106s colliding over NH

One plane crashed while the second landed safely, both pilots survive

On this day in 1985, an Air Force panel began investigating a crash between two F-106 fighter planes from Otis Air National Guard Base on a night training mission over New Hampshire.

The pilot of one of the planes ejected unharmed and walked out of the woods while the other pilot landed safely at Pease Air Force Base about 50 miles southeast of the crash site, according to an Associated Press account of the accident.

The F-106 that crashed fell to earth about a half mile from Route 28 north of Wolfeboro shortly before 9 p.m. on April 2.

The F-106 (shown in the photo) was an all-weather interceptor with a range of 1,500 miles and a ceiling of 50,000 feet, according to the AP.


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