June 2 - 1898: Unknown coaster in peril off Cape

2007: Nantucket looks south for its wind farm
Nantucket began to change its mind about wind turbines

1898: Third maritime alarm in a week

Latest wrecks increase need for an Upper Cape canal

This week over a century ago, the waters off Cape Cod were making headlines with three separate maritime disasters.

The headlines in the story below were typical of the way newspapers handled important news a century ago with triple and quadruple lines of shouting the news.

The Third Vessel Sighted on the Treacherous Shoals Off Cape Cod in a Week.
Dislodged Again by the Force of the Sea and Driven Over the Rips Toward Nantucket Shoals.

CHATHAM, Mass., June 2. -- An unknown vessel to-night was drifting over the treacherous shoals which lie off Cape Cod and which extend to the Island of Nantucket. She is in the clutches of the terrific northeast storm, which has been raging with more or less fury for several days.

Her crew are seemingly beyond the aid of human hands...

Read the story below.


2007: Nantucket looks at wind power

Island town eyes wind farm south of Tuckernuck to satisfy energy needs

On this day in 2007 Nantucket began to change its mind about wind turbines when an offshore wind farm south of Tuckernuck Island – completely separate from the one proposed by Cape Wind Associates in Nantucket Sound – was proposed that could meet Nantucket’s energy needs.

The proposal is currently being pursued by town officials from Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as Congressman Bill Delahunt whom it was suspected threw out this plan as yet another way to stop the Cape Wind farm on Nantucket Sound to the north. The former congressman was widely seen as "Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s man,’’ and what Ted Kennedy hated, Bill Delahunt hated, and Ted Kennedy loathed Cape Wind.

The concept has already been endorsed by the Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission, which recently drafted a letter to the federal Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for permitting offshore wind energy projects in federal waters, regarding such a project.

Read the I&Q story here. Map courtesy of Gopgle Maps.

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