July 20 - 1938: The way we were 76 years ago

1993: U-Boat didn't sink in waters off Cape
This 1938 poster is by the New Haven Railroad which transported visitors to the Cape in comfort back then.

1993: U-Boat Didn't Sink in Waters Off Cape Cod

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times - July 20, 1993

One hates to dampen the enthusiasm in Chatham, Mass., about a claim by Edward Michaud and others that a sunken World War II German submarine that had spies on board lies four miles off the coast in 41 feet of water ("Sunken U-boat You Say? Out There?", Chatham Journal, July 10). If indeed it is a U-boat, the submarine cannot be U-1226.

The last radio message from U-boat Command Headquarters to U-1226 on Oct. 23, 1944, was dispatched to the submarine's given position 375 miles south of Iceland at 20 degrees longitude and 56 degrees latitude. It instructed the submarine to return to base and maintain the defective 26-foot-high snorkel mast in the upright position.

In faulty condition the snorkel could swamp a U-boat. It was a revolutionary air-breathing device introduced into U-boats after February 1944, permitting them to continue to run on diesel engines at periscope depth. A German U-boat operating on the surface that late in the war far out in the North Atlantic would be an easy target for Allied aircraft. The last we know is that U-1226 was sunk Oct. 28, 1944, with all hands (a crew of 56) by radar and depth charge-equipped British aircraft. The cause, "snorkel defect."

Not only was U-1226 several thousand miles away from the United States coast on Oct. 28, 1944, but also the submarine had no German agents on board. These were carried to the United States by U-1229, sunk by the escort ship Bogue and aircraft on July 20, 1944, south of Newfoundland, and by U-1230, which survived the war. U-1230 was sunk off Loch Ryan by Royal Navy warships on June 24, 1945, along with other surrendered U-boats in the Allies' Operation Deadlight.

John D. Harbron, Toronto.  The writer, a retired commander in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, is a research fellow at the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.

1938: The "swells" were here in force, but you weren't invited

On this day in 1938 the moneyed classes were gathering at their favorite private Cape Cod clubs in order to avoid "rubbing hides with the herd" during their annual visit to these shores.

The names of the clubs are much the same today, and you are still not invited. We will, however, let to read about their frolics:


HYANNIS, Mass.--Yachting, tennis and the Summer theatres are the major attractions on Cape Cod during the week. The Wianno Yacht Club this week steps its competitive program into high gear with a race series scheduled for every day but tomorrow...

The major tennis attraction of the week is the men's annual invitational tournament at Oyster Harbors which continues until next Thursday while the golfing activity is highlighted by club tournaments at Wianno, Woods Hole and Chathamport all starting next Friday...

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