On this day in 1914 only three months after the start of World War I, which began after the assassination in Sarajevo in June of 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Bosnian Serb, a strange unidentified warship was cruising off the Lower Cape coast.
The alarm was widespread as Cape Codders worried about the looming war which within a month would engulf all of Europe.
Although the United States did not join the war which ended with 20 million military and civilian deaths until April of 1917, there was constant harassment by German U-boats throughout the period occasioned by America's support of Great Britain.
This US-UK friendship made the presence of what appeared to be a British warship the more ominous and troubling.
The ship was reveiled later as the Cunard liner Caronia which had been converted into a British troopship.
Caronia briefly placed on Cunard's Boston service in 1914 as shown in the poster on the right, but the start of World War I caused her to be requisitioned as an armed merchant cruiser.
In 1916, she became a troopship and served in that role for the duration, returning to the Liverpool-New York run after the War.
The newspaper report is reprinted on the right.
For the third year in a row, the Martha's Vineyard varsity high school football team beat their counterparts from Nantucket in the annual Thanksgiving week match-up, 27-12, on a chilly afternoon in Oak Bluffs in 2006.
In his last game as the team's defensive coordinator, Bill Belcher saw his players intercept two passes and recover three fumbles while whittling Nantucket's longtime advantage over Martha's Vineyard in the island's pigskin rivalry to 35-21-1.
The two Massachusetts islands have played each other in football at least once a season since 1960. Opposing fans traveled to the host island on a chartered ferry, disgorging passengers at the terminal like spirited invaders. Cheerleaders decorated the route from the ferry dock to the gridiron in either Vineyard purple or Nantucket Whalers navy and white. When the Vineyard won, fire trucks would loudly greet the ferry on its return, their lights swirling and horns blazing. The contest has been chronicled in the pages of the New Yorker and Sports Illustrated.
Series ends due to flu and finances
Earlier in 2009 the game between the two islands was canceled due ti the number of Vineyard players who were out with the flu.
Then in November the games had to be canceled due to a lack of finances, see USA Today here.