January 10 - Barges sink taking 17 lives - "Help Wanted" signs blanket Cape - Resort burns

1911: Seventeen lives lost off Cape Cod as three coal barges sink. 1962: Fire destroys Englewood Hotel. 1987: Three hundred jobs unfilled on Cape. 1967: Ed Brooke enters the U.S.Senate.
Highland Light has been warning sailors since 1850. Woodcut courtesy of highlandlighthouse.org

1911: Seventeen lives lost off Cape Cod as three coal barges sink

Three more victims of the treacherous Peaked Hill Bars

On this day in 1911, the Newport News reported...  

Three Coal Barges Wrecked During Northerly Gale -
Disaster One of the Worst in the Vicinity in Many Years


Highland Light, Mass., Jan. 10 - The tragic history of Peaked Hill Bars has received a substantial addition today, when three coal barges were driven onto its dreaded sands at the knuckle of Cape Cod, and 17 lives were lost.

The barges were the Treverton, Captain F.I. Brown of Lincolnsville, Mexico; the Corbin, Captain C.M. Smith of Philadelphia, four men, and the Pine Forest, Captain M.W. Hull of Provincetown, Mass., four men. The Treverton was bound for Portland, Maine; the Corbin to Portsmouth, N.H., and the Pine Forest to Portland, Maine.

It was from the tug Lykens that the barges broke adrift about 3 a.m. today, just as the doubling of the cape was almost accomplished.

Three miles more and the Lykens would have had her tow around Race Point, and heading into Provincetown, but the gale, which the Lykens and her tow had not felt so long as they were under the lee of the upper part of the cape, whipped up to 50 miles per hour when Highland Light was passed, and, hauling well into the northward, made the ten miles around this point to the Race (Point), the worst kind of a lee shore.

The Lykens staggered on, but three hours before dawn the tow lines snapped and a few minutes later the barges were in the breakers.

In the 300 years since Cape Cod was settled, no vessel has yet grounded on Peaked Hill Bars and escaped destruction. The photo on the right is of the Peaked Hill Lifesaving Station in 1909.

1987: Housing squeeze presses Cape to fill year-round jobs

"Help Wanted" signs on every business from Sandwich to Orleans

Among the more familiar sights on Cape Cod this winter are the ''Help Wanted'' signs in virtually all the large supermarkets, department stores, pharmacies and restaurant chains, from Sandwich to Orleans.

Cape businesses have for several years been offering thousands of service jobs for the May to September high season, when the Cape's rapidly growing permanent population of about 175,000 people swells to nearly 500,000.

But never before have the businesses had to look so hard for waiters, sales clerks, cashiers, automobile mechanics and paramedics to live and work here all year.

This week the state's Division of Employment Security had nearly 300 job openings listed, roughly three for every job seeker who came into the agency's offices in Hyannis.

At the same time, county and town planning officials throughout the Cape were just as busy seeking to remedy what they agree is the primary cause of this new labor shortage - the increasingly severe shortage of affordable housing on the Cape for service workers... New York Times.

1967: Ed Brooke enters the U.S. Senate

On this day in 1967 Ed Brooke (Sen-R-MA) became the first popular elected black to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Read his obit in The NY Times here.

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" here.

1962: Englewood Hotel burns to the ground

This popular resort on Broadway Road in West Yarmouth on Engelwood Beach which advertised itself saying "Here you will find swimming, boating, fishing, golf, tennis, bridge and dancing", burnt to the ground on this day in 1962.

It was one of the biggest fire in the Cape's history.

After the fire of the grand old Englewood Hotel was rebuilt as the Englewood Hotel and Motor Inn until in 1980 when the property was turned into condominiums.

Below are two views of this lovely resort.

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