July 12 - 1931 - Ocean liner goes aground

1935: Dennisport man tars over beach to prevent moonlight bathing
There was surprisingly no damage to the liner and no injuries among the crew.

1931: Dollar liner set free off Monomoy

Tugs pulled the vessel off the shoal at high tide

On this day in 1931, a New York Times story read:

Tugs Pull the President Hayes Off Shovelful Shoal, Where She Grounded on Friday.

On this day in 1931 the liner President Hayes was refloated off Shovelful Shoal in Nantucket Sound where she had come acropper in dense fog.

The successful refloating of the vessel was preceded by five other failed attempts, according to the article.

There was surprisingly no damage to the liner and no injuries among the crew. Read the New York Times story below plus this letter from  reader:

Re: ss President Hayes grounding Monomoy Channel article Sunday 12 July 1931:
The photo of ship you show is the former USNS UPSHUR ,  a later ship renamed from a later ship named SS President Hayes.  The former Dollar Line eventually became the American President Lines.  Many of the existing ships were renamed for other presidents as new ships were built.  As a result a ship might be named for a couple presidents  during its lifetime. The USNS UPSHUR was a sister ship of the GEIGER which was the Mass. Maritime ship that had a serious fire in Buzzards Bay back in the late '70s.
Google SS President Hayes and you will find some interesting info on the old APL ships. I found a ship I sailed 2nd Mate years ago,,,ss Export Defender, ex-President Coolidge, ex-Cracker State Mariner.
Don't mean to criticize, I like your articles very much. A pastime of mine is old merchant ship photos and histories. I have what you might describe as a photographic memory of old ships I sailed 1973-1997, although they were built anywhere between 1943-1977.
Best regards
Rich Bowen

1935: Woman convicted in row over Nantucket Sound beach

Fined at Harwich on Charge of Making Threat After Neighbor Put Creosote on Sand.

On this day in 1935 a unique dispute shook up the Cape.  A Mr. William Martineau of Dennisport and Newton Centre had become so disturbed by the moonlight frolicking on his private Nantucket Sound beach that he hired a local paving company to tar over the sand in front of his estate in what became know as "The Battle of  Creosote Beach."

Neighbors enraged


His neighbors were so enraged at this crime against nature that they hung an effigy of Martineau on his beach fence and set it aflame.

One neighbor, a Mrs. Sadie M. Shaughnessy, displaying the fighting spirit for which the Celts are famous, threatened Mr. Martineau's wife for which Barnstable District Court Judge Robert A. Welsh found her guilty.  Fiction in this case can not compete with reality, so here's the first paragraph of the story in the New York Times the next day with a photocopy of the entire piece at right;

HARWICH, Mass., July 12. -- Traffic was tied in a knot and several hundred Cape Codders were turned away from district court today as Mrs. Sadie M. Shaughnessy of Somerville was convicted of threatening her Summer neighbor in the "Battle of Creosote Beach."

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