"Saga of the Cross Rip" Exhibit at Josiah Dennis Manse

August 31st from 1 to 4 p.m.
Pen and ink historic drawing of the Cross Rip Lightship by Howard Bonington. (Courtesy of Dennis Historical Society)

The Dennis Historical Society will present a special one-day-only exhibit on the 1918 maritime tragedy of the local lightship Cross Rip at Josiah Dennis Manse on Saturday, August 31, from 1-4pm.

Dick Roy, chairman of the Manse Committee, will take visitors back to the second decade of the 20th century, at a time when lightships were moored off the coast of Cape Cod to protect seagoing vessels from treacherous underwater dangers, as he traces the events that took the lives of First Mate Henry Joy of Dennis Port and his six comrades. A beautiful model of the Cross Rip—donated to the Dennis Historical Society by its builder John Burton—will be on display, as will the pen-and-ink artwork of the lightship by local artist Howard Bonington.

Those visiting for the “Saga of the Cross Rip” exhibit will also have the chance to tour the spectacular period rooms of the 1736 onetime home of the town’s namesake minister, take in the recently revealed clothing Josiah Dennis might have worn circa 1750, and learn other fascinating details about Dennis’s rich seafaring history in the Maritime Room back ell. Admission to the Manse, located at 61 Whig Street in Dennis Village, is free, with donations gladly accepted. 

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