December 2015

There are 3 blog entries for December 2015.


race point life saving station

Known for its extensive maritime history, Cape Cod would perhaps not be the place it is today without the heroism displayed time and time again by the fearless volunteers who once manned the Cape Cod lifesaving stations.  The brave volunteers were called upon to help rescue the crews and passengers of shipwrecks, often due to perilous weather conditions.

The very first lifesaving station was founded by the Massachusetts Humane Society to house rescue equipment that volunteers could quickly load before heading out on the water.  The Federal Government later supplied the funding to construct additional lifesaving stations along the coast of Cape Cod.

It wasn’t until the 1850s, though, that considerable damage left behind by a powerful hurricane

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outermost harbor chatham

With the ease of convenient boating access to both Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, Outermost Harbor in Chatham remains one of the prime locations for real estate and recreation along Cape Cod.  This enviable location is right at the elbow of Cape Cod, and has grown considerably over the past half century or so, from it’s origins as a locally known location for fishing and beach-going that was once called Horne’s Marina, to the site of a full service marina today, including recreational boat service and sales.

The Outermost Harbor Marine offers full service to boaters, including moorings and dry racks, boat slips, recreational boat sales and charters.  The marina also offers a store with snacks and ice for those getting ready to hit the open

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While no doubt Cape Cod has a rich maritime history that it proudly boasts of, not all of its history has been positive.  One of the worst shipwrecks due to bad weather in the region occurred well more than 100 years ago.  November 1898 made history, with tales retold throughout the generations.

Known by the name Portland Gale, the massive storm took the lives of hundreds of people up and down the New England coast.   Named to pay tribute to the legacy of the S.S. Portland, the steamship was headed from Boston to Portland, Maine when the ship succumbed to hurricane-force winds, forcing wreckage to eventually come ashore and sink to the sea floor.

The strength of the massive storm was unparalleled, beginning on the evening of November 26, then gaining

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