July 21 - 1918: German U-Boat surfaces off Orleans, fires on civilians

1929: "The arm of Cape Cod beckons vacationists"
1919 aerial view looking west at a Navy B-class airship flying over Chatham Navel Air Station.

1918: German sub attacks barge off Orleans

Women and Children Shelled in Barges;
One Man Loses an Arm.
Drive Submarine Away After She Wastes $45,000 in Torpedoes Which Go Wild.

Passengers on Train Report Seeing Two Submarines on Surface Off Wellfleet.
Chatham-based Seaplanes to the Rescue.
Loomed Out of Fog Bank.
Cheered by Cottagers.

ORLEANS, Mass., July 21, 1918--A German submarine attacked the tug Perth Amboy of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and her four barges three miles off this town on the southeastern elbow of Cape Cod at 10:30 A.M. today...

It is reported locally that in their haste to take off to repeal the u-boat, the flight crew from the Chatham Seaplane Base forgot to load any bombs aboard the planes, and ended up throwing their wrenches and other equipment at the escaping German submarines.

Perhaps more than most other Americans, people on Cape Cod were aware that there was a war on. A French naval ship guarded the French Atlantic telegraph cables that had been laid in nearby Nauset Harbor, while U.S. Marines secured the cable company's property in Olreans.

Read the NY Times story below or read the report in Mass Moments here.


1929: Despite only two roads, our popularity made us "crowded"


On this day in 1929, the Travel section of the New York Times lead off with the news that the Cape Cod and the other seacoast resorts of lower New England could now be reached by decent roads, although our popularity has caused crowding.

You might want to remember that the next time you think our 21st century traffic is an annoyance in the summer, or ask someone who must commute through Boston or New York traffic the rest of the year.

The newspaper suggested a tour of the New England seacoast and Cape Cod region, including such well-known resorts as Narragansett Pier, Newport, Falmouth, Chatham, Provincetown and Plymouth.

(Above right: In January, 1929, Ford introduced a new Model 150-A line, the first 'assembly line' station wagon, which sold for $695. This one is in front of the Chatham Bars Inn.)

The inset below is the part of the story about the Cape...


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