Hyannis in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Welcome to the Working Waterfront
Hyannis harbor, bustling with all the activities of a working harbor.
In the second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod, visitors can watch local fishing fleets off load their cargo & enjoy recreational boating.
English farmers who settled in Hyannis in 1639, took to fishing for a livelihood. During the 19th century, wind-powered vessels dominated the commerce of the seas. By 1840 more than 150 sea captains had made their home near the village’s sheltered harbor. The age of sail lasted until the advent of steamships & the railroad in 1854. Until 1872 the Old Colony Railroad’s tracks extended to a stone wharf where passengers could debark to catch the boat to Nantucket.
Hyannis Harbor is protected by a breakwater which divides the harbor into Lewis Bay, to the north, and the outer harbor. The Hyannis Harbor Light, built in 1849 & decommissioned in 1929, can be seen from the outer harbor, outside Lewis Bay.
A privately owned replica of the of the Brant Point lighthouse in Nantucket is located in the inner harbor and can be seen
The Wampanoag Tribe
The Wampanoag Indians, members of the Algonquian Nation, were among the first settlers in the area. They were here for thousands of years before the European influx to North America in the 1600s.
The Cape offered a plentiful sea harvest & temperate climate to its native inhabitants.
Iyannough was leader of the Mattakeese tribe of Cummaquid, a sub-group of the Wampanoag.
The village of Hyannis and the Wianno section of Osterville are named after Iyannough. His statue stands at the head of the village green.
The Catboat Sarah
The first boats in and out of the harbor were build of wood, from canoes to ketches to catboats. In 2004 a building overlooking Hyannis Harbor opened as the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, focusing on the history of these early boating traditions. A replica of the 1886 Herbert Crosby catboat, the Sarah, wash built in the museum’s boat shop and is moored in the Hyannis Harbor.
What Kind of Fish are in Hyannis Harbor?
From inshore fish and deep sea fish, to lobsters and bottom fish, you’ll find endless species living in the Atlantic Ocean waters off Cape Cod. Inshore you will find fluke, Pollock, sea bass, and scup, while deep sea charters will see cod, halibut, bluefin & yellow fin tuna.
A schooner is a sailing ship with two or more masts.
Erected by Rotary Club of Hyannis.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 39.079′ N, 70° 16.839′ W. Marker is in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Ocean Street 0.1 miles south of South Street. The marker is located within Bismore Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hyannis MA 02601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Seashore (a few steps from this marker); Peace Corps Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 50 Years Of Peace Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Maritime Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hyannis Armory (about 600 feet away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kevin Arthur Houston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hyannis Normal School (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyannis.
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