July 19 - 1958: Submarine goes aground on Wood End sand bar

1999: John F. Kennedy Jr. death reported in New York Times
The submarine Piper was caught on a sand bar off Provincetown in 1958. USCG photo.

1958: Coast Guard Cutter frees Submarine Piper from Provincetown Sand Bar

On this day in 1958, the Associated Press reported that the snorkel submarine Piper caught on a sand bar in calm seas off this Cape Cod town early today. Navy rescue operations were instituted, but were not needed.

According to on online history of the Piper, RMC Barney D. Wixom said, "I was up early and passed through COC with coffee in hand, when Barney sez 'according to the trace on this new-fangled thing, we're aground'".

The piper was pulled free six and a half hours later by the Frederic Lee, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter which was luckily based in Provincetown at that time..

The submarine, out of New London Conn., was riding the surface as dawn broke when she suddenly halted - held fast on Wood End sand bar.

A board of Inquiry was convened after PIPER was thoroughly gone over, and no damage was found, except some sand was found in the strainers as a result of the "Blow and Go" and full ahead on two main engines.

1999: How the New York Times reported John and Carolyn's deaths

John F. Kennedy Jr., Heir To a Formidable Dynasty


On this day in 1999, the New York Times reported the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife in the following manner:

John F. Kennedy Jr., a scion of the nation's most celebrated political dynasty, was reported lost and presumed dead in an accident that resounded this weekend with echoes of the family's many misfortunes.

Mr. Kennedy, 38, has been missing since Friday night after the plane he was flying to a cousin's wedding on Cape Cod failed to arrive on Martha's Vineyard. His disappearance in the prime of his life, like the deaths of his father, two uncles, an aunt and two cousins before him, only added to the perception that his larger-than-life family has been besieged by a near-biblical blight.

Mr. Kennedy, son of the 35th President, was touched by both the Kennedy charisma and its curse...

But like many sons of famous fathers, Mr. Kennedy still seemed to be searching for his place in the public constellation, the expectations for him as great as his father's legend was gripping. And he was conscious of his burden as an American icon...

Read the rest of the New York Times report here.

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