July 25 - 1914: Cape's dunes in a strong wind

1956: The Andrea Doria sinks off Nantucket. 1969: Four hundred disadvantaged children heading for a Cape holiday
The group of Fresh Air Fund kids who arrived on Cape Cod in 1969.

1914: High winds cause Cape Cod's sand dunes to be compared to a desert sand storm

On this day in 1914, a wire service story read across America, touted the Cape's sand dunes.

Curiously, the same story goes on to tell readers about a performance of the opera Faust in Hyannis by players from the Imperial Italian Grand Opera Company. And you thought your Cape Cod great-grandparents weren't sophisticated. A copy of the wire story is below.


1956: Stockholm rams Andrea Doria off Nantucket

On this day in 1956, two ocean liners collided in thick fog, approximately 50 miles south of Nantucket.

The Stockholm had just left New York City bound for Sweden. The Andrea Doria was due to arrive in New York at 9:00 o'clock the following morning.

The three-year-old Italian liner was not only one of the most luxurious vessels afloat but was considered the safest. She had the latest radarscopes and was built with watertight compartments. Nevertheless, 11 hours after the Stockholm rammed her broadside, the Andrea Doria capsized and sank in 225 feet of water.

Thanks to one of the most remarkable rescues ever conducted at sea, all of the 1,706 passengers and crew who survived the collision made it safely back to land.

1969: 400 underprivileged children begin Fresh Air Fund vacations in Cape Cod homes

July 25, 1969, Friday - Four hundred disadvantaged youngsters left here this week for free summer vacations in Friendly Town communities on Cape Cod.

More than 10% of the Cape-bound kids were returning for their third or fourth visits with the same family.

The five-hour bus trip from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal in New York to Cape Cod in Massachusetts was "the final phase count-down of our months of work and planning for the arrival of these summertime guests," according to Mrs. Betty William, co-chairman of the Centerville-Hyannis Friendly Town Committee. Fresh Air Fund.

(The Fresh Air Fund is alive and well and still bringing city kids to Cape Cod today. Above is a city boy getting a wagon ride in Brewster. CapeCodToday.com photo.)

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