May 1 - 1955: Defense Department to build an "island" off Cape

2007: Thieves steal bronze 9-11 Memorial. Buoys deployed to protect whales in Cape Cod Bay
The U.S. Military Sea Transportation Service cargo ship USNS New Bedford (AKL-17) delivers supplies to the U.S. Air Force Texas Tower 2 radar station at Georges Bank. Wiki Commons photo

1955: Ocean radar post to rise off coast of Cape Cod

'"Island' will be built in May off Cape Cod to warn U. S. of sneak atomic attack"

On this day in 1955 the US Government proposed a plan to build a series of "radar islands" 150 miles off Cape Cod in May similar to the one shown on the left..

The country was at the height of its "Cold War" fear during this period as the USSR developed the Hydrogen Bomb after successfully using A-Bombs in test.

If the government ever completed these "radar island", our fishermen have yet come across them.

The proposed islands were actually the same "Texas Towers" used to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and would have three ball-shaped radars on them and stand 200 feet above the ocean level.


Here's what Wikipedia reports:

  • Texas Tower 2 - Georges Shoal, in 56-foot (17 m) deep water, 110 miles (180 km) east of Cape Cod 41°44′N 67°47′W / 41.733°N 67.783°W / 41.733; -67.783, linked to North Truro Air Force Station, MA.
  • Texas Tower 3 - Nantucket Shoals, in 80-foot (24 m) water, 100 miles (160 km) south-east of Rhode Island 40°45′N 69°19′W / 40.75°N 69.317°W / 40.75; -69.317 , linked to Montauk AFS, Long Island, NY.
  • Texas Tower 4 - Un-named Shoal (Unofficially: Old Shaky), in 185-foot (56 m) water, 84 miles (135 km) south-east of New York City 39°48′N 72°40′W, (Destroyed, with 28 killed, during a storm on 15 January 1961), linked to Highlands Air Force Station, NJ mainland station.

2007: Buoys deployed to protect whales in Cape Cod Bay

Pay-off for permission to build off-shore natural gas facility in Massachusetts Bay

On this day in 2007 it was announced that next month, a Texas-based company plans to begin construction on an off-shore liquefied natural gas terminal in Massachusetts Bay. Excelerate Energy got the go-ahead late last year after agreeing to fund an almost 17-million dollar system to protect the whales that inhabit these waters.

Using specially designed acoustic buoys, scientists will monitor and record the sounds of the whales. It's a joint effort from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Cornell Ornithology Lab.

WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti joined the Cornell crew on the day they deployed the buoys in Massachusetts Bay...  Skipper Erik Fel'Dotto gooses the engine of the 42-foot research vessel "Nasty Habits", and heads out into Massachusetts Bay, the crescent of the Atlantic Ocean stretching from Cape Ann to Cape Cod Bay... we hunker down around his laptop to listen to whale calls recently recorded in Cape Cod Bay.

2007: Thieves steal bronze 9-11 memorial on Cape Cod

It was a fixture at Nobska Light

On this day in 2007 a bronze memorial dedicated to a Wellesley woman who was killed in the September 11th attacks is missing and appears to be stolen.

Since the year after 9/11/01 the plaque memorializing Neilie Casey who died aboard American Airlines Flight 11 was a fixture at Nobska Light.

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