December 11 - 1896: Cape to get trolley line from end to end

1988: "The Cape Cod cranberry cure". 2004: Serious oil spill in Hyannis Harbor. 1620: Pilgrims land on "The Rock".
Trolley proposed from Canal to Cape Tip. Old photo courtesy of Wiki Commons.

1896: Trolley line planned along Cape Cod

Completed it will run from Buzzards Bay to Provincetown

The New York Times reported on this day in 1896 that Cape Cod would one day be connected from Provincetown to Woods Hole by an electric trolley line.

The proposed line was to run through Chatham, Harwich, Dennisport, Hyannis, Yarmouth and Falmouth.  It would also have connected Buzzards Bay to New Bedford.

A company had reportedly been organized and the route was surveyed. Capital was reportedly forthcoming and the project would begin as long as no towns on the route objected.

1988: "The Cape Cod cranberry cure"

Hospital repairs bog to make money to offset its costs for Medicare patients

On this day in 1988, the New York Times featured a story about Cape Cod Hospital and cranberries.

The Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, faced with mounting budget deficits, has decided to hire a professional cranberry grower to make its dormant cranberry bogs commercially productive. The bogs are across the street from the hospital, on land it owns in the town of West Yarmouth.

The hospital bought the 95-acre property in 1974 for $200,000 and employed growers sporadically to harvest the fruit until 1986. Since then, the bogs have become overgrown and littered with beer cans, clothing and stray auto parts.

Read the complete story in the New York Times here.

2004: Serious Hyannis Harbor oil spill

Man had a heart attack while refueling ferry

On this day in 2004, an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Hyannis Harbor after a man refueling a ferry suffered a fatal heart attack.

The spill occurred just before dawn and was discovered when the first mate of the Hy-Line Cruise's Grey Lady "arrived for work and found Scudder-Taylor employee Kurt Garland, 48, of Hyannis lying in a pool of diesel fuel on the Grey Lady's port side deck" and fuel still pouring into the water, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including in 1620 when 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS).

According to the account in Wikipedia, Plymouth Rock is the assumed site of the disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620.

But accounting to writer Bill Bryson, "The one thing the Pilgrims certainly did not do was step ashore on Plymouth Rock. Quite apart from the consideration that it may have stood well above the high-water mark in 1620, no prudent mariner would try to bring a ship alongside a boulder on a heaving December sea when a sheltered inlet beckoned from near by..."

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