October 2 - 1867: Schooner ashore in Eastham

1998: The day the tide started rising
Another schooner wrecked off Cape Cod.

1867: Schooner ashore

Cape Cod was known as "the graveyard of ships"

The schooner Nor'west from Elisabethport to Salem went ashore at Eastham on this date.

The vessel, loaded with coal, began to break up and was expected to be a total loss.

In the century before the Cape Cod Canal allowed ships to avoid going around Cape Cod, there were thousands of shipwrecks.

The photo here is of the Schooner Buema which came ashore off Race Point in Provincetown on January 7, 1908.

1998: Better move to higher ground soon

On October 2, 1998, the prescient Christian Science Monitor predicted with its usual accuracy what was happening with Global Warming and the rising sea levels. Their article on this day began:

Leveling on Sea Level

Take "maybe" out of concern about rising sea level. Forecasts of how high manmade global warming could raise the ocean by the year 2100 are iffy. But for many coastal dwellers the challenge of a rising sea is already upon them. They need to respond now rather than wonder about an uncertain future threat.

That's the perspective from which to view the recent National Environmental Trust video showing how much of Cape Cod, Mass., and neighboring islands could be inundated over the next century. Many a beach and beachside dwelling could disappear as global warming melts glaciers and expands sea water. It's a worst case scenario using the upper range of computer-generated climate forecasts to make the point that people should take global warming seriously.

There's no need for hype. Sea level has been rising 1 to 2 millimeters a year for centuries. A University of Maryland study published last year documents this long-term trend along North America's east coast.

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

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