April 13 - 1910: NY Yacht Club flagship Aloha visits Cape

2007: Kurt Vonnegut dies. Cape.com sold to Fall River firm
This painting of the bark Aloha hangs in Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT.

1910: Aloha has trial spin

Commodore James and party bring flagship down to Cape Cod

On this day in 1910 the flagship of the New York Yacht Clubs ended an unexpected visit to the Cape. The Bark Aloha was owned by Commodore Arthur James and was typical of this type of sailing ship of that era. The painting  of the Aloha (left) now hangs in the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.

The New York nabobs blessed the locals with their present for a few days then headed off to another summer watering hole.

By the end of the 18th century the term barque (sometimes, particularly in the USA, spelled bark) came to refer to any vessel with a particular type of rig. This comprises three (or more) masts, fore-and-aft sails on the aftermost mast and square sails on all other masts.

2007: Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84, sold Saabs on Cape

Author of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' and 'Cat's Cradle'

On this day in 2007 Cape Cod most famed living author died. Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as ''Slaughterhouse-Five'' and ''Cat's Cradle,'' died Wednesday. He was 84.

Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.

The author of at least 19 novels, many of them best-sellers, as well as dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a social critic. Indianapolis, his hometown, declared 2007 as ''The Year of Vonnegut'', an announcement he said left him ''thunderstruck.''  .

When he returned from World War 2, he reported for Chicago's City News Bureau, then did public relations for General Electric, a job he loathed. He wrote his first novel, ''Player Piano,'' in 1951, followed by ''The Sirens of Titan,'' ''Canary in a Cat House'' and ''Mother Night,'' making ends meet by selling Saabs on Cape Cod...  Read the stories in the NY Times about him here.  Read Kurt's obit here.

2007: Cape.com sold to MegaNet Communications

Area's last major ISP now operates out of Fall River

On this day in 2007 it was reported that around 5 a.m. yesterday morning, some, but not all, customers of Cape.com, the area's last, remaining ISP, received emails announcing that their support service would be handled by a Fall River ISP, MegaNet.

The email also stated that the business had "merged" with MegaNet in Fall River. Merged used in that context usually means "sold". 

Some Cape.com clients have been reporting minor problem over the past week which may have been the result of the transfer of ownership.  As of 7am today there was no news about the merger on either company's web site.

About half of Cape.com employees will be laid off as a result of this merger. 

Below is the letter local customers of Cape.com received;

Dear Cape.Com Customer,

This week, Cape.Com Inc. and MegaNet Communications of Fall River will merge to form a more diverse network group that will provide Internet and communication services to homes and businesses throughout the region.

MegaNet is a regional ISP with origins similar to Cape.Com. The consolidation of infrastructures and technical expertise is expected to produce a more complete and robust mixture of communication services and support.

Cape.Com customers will gain access to MegaNet's enhanced telecom services, including high speed wireless, and, MegaNet will benefit from the addition of Cape.Com's Web Development group.

Cape.Com's programming, web development, and network consulting group will continue to provide networking solutions to the Cape community and should experience significant growth throughout the combined network footprint.

Current Cape.Com customers will see no change in their monthly billing statement or in the range of services and will benefit from MegaNet's regional infrastructure and expanded technical support hours.

Beginning on April 12th, first level technical support will be handled by MegaNet with sales and higher tier support (including web development) remaining in Mashpee.  

Cape.com was located in Mashpee. MegaNet is in Fall River.


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