May 2 - 1933: Girl kidnapped in Harwichport

1974: Oil company vessels start a seismic survey off the Cape
Convicted kidnapper Kenneth Buck enters state prison for life for the kidnapping of 10-year-old Peggy McMath in 1933. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

1933: Ten-year old girl kidnapped

Abducted from Harwich School.

The headline in today's New York Times in 1933 read:

Margaret McMath of Wealthy Detroit Family Abducted at Harwich School.
Two Others in Plot Carried Out by Telephoning to Home and Calling Child From Class

"Harwich Mass., May 2. -- Kidnappers today lured 10-year-old Margaret McMath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil C. McMath, formerly of Detroit, from a school here and disappeared with her in an automobile."

In the film clip (see link below) Kenneth and Cyril Buck, brothers from Harwichport, were captured by police the following day.

The brothers released 10-year-old Margaret "Peggy" McMath after collecting a $60,000 ransom. 

The ordeal over, Peggy smiled for the reporters.

Click here to watch the 1933 film clip of the girl and her kidnappers. Screen capture courtesy of

1974: A Seismic Survey Set for Off Cape

Will record 10,000 miles of seismic data

5-2-8-seismic_survey_300On this  day in 1974 two oil-research vessels, working for a consortium of 48 oil companies started conducting a seismic survey off Cape Cod, including George's Bank according to the New York Times.

It was reported that the vessels would drag cable two miles long to take readings of the sea bottom.

The two vessels were to work 24 hours a day at a depth of 45 feet until the survey was completed. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on