The first event in the commemoration of the Attack on Orleans by a German U-boat during World Ware One will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Snow Library. Local historians will discuss the attack and its impact on the Town and will reveal some recent research that sheds considerable light on why Orleans was a target of the German sub. The team of historians includes Bonnie Snow of the Orleans Historical Society, Ron Petersen and Michael Hicks of the Orleans Historical Commission, and Duane Chase of the French Cable Station. Topics will include an overview of the attack, background on the U-156 and German strategy, the Coast Guard and the Rescue, the Navy and the Counterattack, the Militia and Shades of 1814, and Orleans in 1918.
The Symposium with feature a recording of the voice of Reuben Hopkins as he recalled the attack in a 1968 lecture. Hopkins was part of the Coast Guard crew that manned Orleans Station 40, and he observed the attach from the lookout tower at the station. This is first-hand oral history at its best.