July 14 - 1912: US Navy begins war games on Cape Cod Bay

1951: Chamber hosts tuna tourneys; 1955: Radar tower in danger of collapse; 1978: Entire Provincetown postal staff arrested
The USS Wisconsin, a battleship from the early 1900s, similar to the ships that were used in local war games.

1912: When the Fleet visited Cape Cod Bay

July is the month for target practice, war games, night attacks, and "Jack ashore."

On this day in July of 1912, a Sunday,  the US Navy's North American Squadron  began their annual war games on Cape Cod Bay.  In fact, every single ship of the North Atlantic Squadron assembled in the still waters of Cape Cod Bay for target practice, and incidentally to entertain the summer visitors at the Cape villages of the northside of the Cape from Provincetown as far as Dennis.

Sailors were always known for their cordiality, and all weekend excursion boats ferried sightseers out to the war ships for a look inside these mighty machines.

When it came time to target practice, the ship steamed out of Provincetown Harbor and sailed fifteen miles south just off Dennis where the shore was lined with Cape Codders and summer visitors to watch the big show. The story from that day's Sunday New York Times is below.


1951: Chamber hosts Tuna Tourneys Will add Striper Tourney this year

In 1951, the Cape Cod Chamber begin a striped bass tournament.  The chamber had already sponsored a tuna tournament on Cape.

Fishermen were lured with promises of prizes and trophies for biggest and best catch.

See the full story on right.

1955: Radar Tower in danger of collapse

Crew toils to save sea radar tower from storm; Sea tower crew struggles to save it

On this day in 1955 eighty-two construction workers strove to secure a steel radar island, 110 miles east of Cape Cod, against the approaching hurricane.

Already working around the clock, the men redoubled their efforts to secure the foundations of their steel perch.

The tower was erected on July 14.

1978: Entire Provincetown Postal Staff Arrested

Postmaster Jasper Stoddard, five clerks charged with embezzlement and fraud

On this day in 1978,  newspapers all over America reported that the postmaster of the Cape Cod resort town of Provincetown and his entire clerical staff had been arrested and charged in connection with embezzlement of post office funds.

The culprits faced ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

It was thought to be the only time in US history when an entire US Post Office staff was arrested.


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