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Today is the anniversary of the Attack on Orleans. Ninety-nine years ago, at approximately 10:30 on the hazy, hot and humid morning of July 21, 1918, the German submarine U-156 surfaced three miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and began shelling the tugboat “Perth Amboy” and her tow of four barges. During the ensuing melee, some of the U-boat’s shells “went wild,” missed their intended target, and landed on Nauset Beach. It was the ONLY time American soil was struck by enemy fire during the First World War! In what would end up being one of their last hurrahs, lifesavers from the U.S. Coast Guard, who were stationed on the beach in Orleans, launched a surfboat under heavy enemy shellfire and rowed in the direction of the thirty-two sailors trapped aboard the tug and barges. Meanwhile, in the sky above, rickety seaplanes from the Chatham Naval Air Station dive-bombed the enemy raider with payloads of TNT. It was the first time in history that American aviators engaged an enemy vessel in the western Atlantic. Below are images that show the lifeboat from the "Perth Amboy" reaching Nauset Beach with injured sailors. They were collected by, and are courtesy of, the Orleans Historical Society To learn more about the Attack on Orleans and/or purchase a copy of the book, please visit my website, www.AttackOnOrleans.com. Thank YOU for “liking” and, in turn, following this page. Please “share” it with your friends and encourage them to learn about this largely forgotten event in American history. Next year will mark the 100 year anniversary of the attack.
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At the local garden center here in Cape Cod ! Do you see the power in numbers??... Always plant 4 or 5 of the same plant grouped together for a romantic cottage garden look 🏡 !