October 28 - 1983: Can Old Cape Cod still be saved?

1993: Report explains U.S. Navy submarine Thresher sinking off Cape Cod
Patti Page's hit song of the 1950s remains pretty close to the mark

1983: "Old Cape Cod: Can it still be saved from overgrowth?"

We started asking that question in 1983--are we any closer to an answer today?

As long as folks have been seeking solace from their urban, workaday lives, Cape Cod has been a place they came to in search of a quiet, unspoiled place. In writing this daily column bringing back vignettes of our past, it is really quite amazing how often I find this theme in news stories, and I mean ones going back a century.

So we may assume that the "will the last one over the bridge pull it up" syndrome is nothing new, and as soon as anyone relocates here they want it to stay the way it is NOW.

An article on the subject in the Christian Science Monitor in 1983 began:

If you're fond of sand dunes and salt sea air, quaint little villages here and there, you're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod (From the song 'Old Cape Cod').

Patti Page's hit song of the 1950s remains pretty close to the mark. There are still sand dunes and quaint little villages. And it is still possible to fall in love with Cape Cod...

But behind the quiet beauty of the famous 70-mile-long peninsula now there is something else: a growing concern that it is failing in its attempts to fend off the relentless forces of development. Without a comprehensive approach to growth - and soon - critics warn that the cape is headed for crisis.

Read the full story here.

1993: "Report blames submarine flaws for 1963 sinking off Cape"

On this day in 1993, the United States Navy declassified documents that explained the sinking of the submarine Thresher thirty years earlier. Regarded by the Navy as the world's most advanced operational attack submarine, it made its first deep dive 220 miles east of Cape Cod and never returned. All 129 men aboard the Thresher were killed and their bodies never recovered.

A New York Times story on the subject began:

The secrets of why the nuclear submarine Thresher sank in 1963 lie at the bottom of the North Atlantic with her 129 crew members, but Navy documents declassified this week hint at a frantic scene when ocean water flooded the engine room and doomed the submarine.

A Navy report made public in Washington said the most likely cause of the disaster was a hole in a pipe. This explanation has long since replaced foreign sabotage as the main theory for the submarine's sinking.

Read the full story here.


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