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By James R. Murray
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Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — Crossing the Bar MemorialPart of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
This plaque is dedicated to the officers and crew members of the S/S Marine Electric who lost their lives in the line of duty on 12 February 1983.

By Marine Transport Lines, Inc. M.E.B.A District 81 National Maritime Union Masters, Mates and . . . — Map (db m85581) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — Merchant Marine Memorial
Merchant Marine Memorial — Map (db m85583) WM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — SS Blackpoint MemorialPart of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Dedicated to the U.S.N. Armed Guard, and Merchant Seaman of W.W. II who served on ships, carrying the world to victory. In memory of The SS Blackpoint and crew, the last ship sunk in the Atlantic Theatre of War on May 5, 1945 by enemy action. She . . . — Map (db m85573) WM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — SS Pan Oceanic Faith MemorialPart of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
This bell is dedicated to the memory of those who were lost at sea when the SS Pan Oceanic Faith went down in the North Pacific on 9 October 1967. John P. Dunphy ’65 • John M. Ward ’65 • John R. McPhee ’67 • Joseph P. Nowd ’67 • James Bechtold ’67 . . . — Map (db m85577) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — The Unknown Seaman MemorialPart of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
The Unknown Seaman Dedicated 7, October 1989 This monument is dedicated to the officers and men who sailed the ships of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. Especially to the 6700 unsung heroes who lost their lives in that conflict. And to . . . — Map (db m85575) WM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — August BelmontFebruary 18, 1853 - December 10, 1924
In Memory of August Belmont February 18, 1853 - December 10, 1924 Whose vision, initiative, an indomitable courage made possible the first complete construction of The Cape Cod Canal Connecting Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Bay which was . . . — Map (db m57668) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — Bournedale's Yesterdays
You are standing in the center of the Old Nye Estate. Before construction of the canal, this was the finest home in Bournedale, a sleepy Cape Cod village complete with post office, village hall, general store, and its own industry - the Tahanto Iron . . . — Map (db m57536) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — Cape Cod Canal
Chief of Engineers Award of Excellence US Army Corps of Engineers Cape Cod Canal For exceptional project managemental achievements, and the enhancement of public perception of the corps objectives. — Map (db m57672) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — Comassakumakanit
Long before the first European settlements in the Herring River Valley, a band of Wampanoag Indians lived in this area. The seasonal village called Comassakumakanit, stood beside Megansett Waye, an important trading path linking Cape and the . . . — Map (db m57534) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — Monica Dickens StrattonFounder of the Samaritans, USA — 1915-1992
Through her efforts suicide barriers were placed on the canal bridges.

"The Samaritans hope that saving people here will give them time to reconsider, to give themselves another chance at living, and at finding some help." — Map (db m57669) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — Still on Patrol
(Front of Marker) In memory of all U.S. Submarines that are still on patrol.

U.S.S. Trout State Boat of Massachusetts lost in action February 29th 1944

(Rear Marker) U.S. Navy Submarines paid heavily for their success in . . . — Map (db m57398) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — William Barclay Parsons
William Barclay Parsons, Hon.M.ASCE Chief Engineer, Cape Cod Canal, 1906-1914 The original construction of the Cape Cod Canal demonstrated the feasibility of constructing and operating a sea -level canal without locks. — Map (db m57670) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — History of Chatham Lighthouse
The waters off Chatham are notoriously dangerous because of the treacherous shoals and currents. The need for lights to warn mariners was recognized in early days of the country, and in 1806, nine years after the erection of the first lighthouse on . . . — Map (db m63403) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — In Memory of the Pioneers of ChathamWilliam Nickerson
He came from Norwich England in 1637. He acquired from the Indians by a series of purchases prior to the year 1683 the greater part of the present Township then known as Monomoyick. He and his sons and sons-in-laws Robert Nickerson • Samuel . . . — Map (db m68997) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — Samuel De Champlain
The First White Man on these Shores Landed Here October 1606 — Map (db m71054) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — The Battle of Chatham Harbor
Chatham’s only active hostilities during the Revolutionary War occurred in Chatham Harbor, near this site, on 20 June 1782. At sunrise, crew members from a British privateer were discovered in Chatham’s East Harbor, attempting to sail away . . . — Map (db m78440) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — 8 — The Mayflower Story
A group of Separatist from the Church of England, later named Pilgrims, left England for Holland in 1608 in settled in Leiden in 1609. After staying there for 11 years, the group sailed back to England on the ship Speedwell, where they joined by . . . — Map (db m78321)
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — The Rescue of the Pendleton
One of the most spectacular small boat rescues on the east coast of the United States occurred on February 18, 1952. The tanker Pendleton broke in half off the coast of Chatham during a fierce Nor' caster storm. In blinding rain and sixty foot seas, . . . — Map (db m63406) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — A Whale Bone Welcome
Inviting guests to step through the massive jawbones of a whale may seem an unusual way to say, “Welcome to our home.” But for Captain Edward Penniman, there could be no more appropriate greeting. Born in Eastham, Captain Penniman earned . . . — Map (db m111659) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Changing Beach
The barren sandspit to your right was once the site of the Coast Guard Beach bathhouse and its asphalt parking area. Today they are gone, erased by the forces of the sea. In February 1978, the same winter storm that brought a famous blizzard to . . . — Map (db m111624) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Doane Rock
Cape Cod is composed almost entirely of rock debris deposited by the ice age glaciers over 18,000 years ago. Most of this debris, called “glacial till”, consists of clay, sand, and pebbles, but the ice age also deposited larger stones. . . . — Map (db m111818) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Eastham WindmillCape Cod's Oldest
Built in Plymouth 1680 by Thomas Paine of Eastham. Moved to Truro, 1770. Moved to Eastham, 1793. Moved to this location, 1808. — Map (db m52648) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — First Encounter MonumentCommemorating the Pilgrims' first encounter with Native Americans
On this spot hostile Indians had their first encounter December 8, 1620, old style, with Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, John Tilley, Edward Winslow, John Howland, Edward Tilley, Richard Warren, Stephen Hopkins, Edward Dotey, John . . . — Map (db m51139) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — First Encounter PlaqueCommemorating the Pilgrims' first encounter with Native Americans
Near this site the Nauset tribe of the Wampanoag nation, seeking to protect themselves and their culture, had their first encounter, 8 december 1620, with Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, Edward Winslow, John Tilley, Edward Tilley, . . . — Map (db m51142) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Indian Rock
For thousands of years before the Europeans landed, the Nauset Indians lived beside the marshes of Cape Cod. Among the evidence of their occupation is this community grinding rock, one of four such boulders found in the Nauset Bay area. Indians . . . — Map (db m111595) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Kettles
A bird's eye view of Cape Cod reveals a landscape dimpled with holes. Most of them are nearly round, and many are filled wit water, like Salt Pond in front of you.

Geologists call these intriguing depressions "kettles." They were formed over . . . — Map (db m63408) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Port de Mallebarre
Fifteen years before the Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod, French explorer Samuel de Champlain sailed down the Atlantic coast from Canada in search of new lands. On July 20, 1605, he entered here what was then a shallow bay. He named it Port de . . . — Map (db m111600) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — The Life Savers
In the days before electronic navigational aids, the waters off Cape Cod with their hidden shoals held many dangers for passing ships, especially at night or during thick weather. In 1872 the U.S. Life-Saving Service established nine stations on . . . — Map (db m111608) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — The Outermost House
Author and naturalist Henry Beston came to this shore in September 1927. On the dunes about a mile and a half to your right he built a cottage with two rooms and a fireplace. Here he lived a solitary year in the company of the ocean. His nearest . . . — Map (db m111657) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — There’s No Place Like Home
Edward Penniman’s career as a man of the sea began at age 11. At 21, he was harpooning with the New Bedford, Massachusetts whaling fleet. By the time he was 29, he was master of his own whaling ship. Captain Penniman’s seven whaling voyages spanned . . . — Map (db m111660) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Workboat of the Marshes
A remnant from Cape Cod's agriculture past, this 1850-era hay barge was a common sight among the working dories, skiffs, and catboats of the area. Wide and flat-bottomed, it was rowed, poled, and sailed throughout the shallow marshes. Salt marsh hay . . . — Map (db m63407) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), North Chatham — 10 — Chatham Radio/WCC
This is the site of Chatham Radio/WCC. Maritime wireless communications flourished here, one of the 20th century’s premier wireless telegraphy stations. The Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America built the Chatham receiver station in . . . — Map (db m78441) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), North Truro — Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse
This marks the center of the site where the tower of the Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse stood from 1857 until 1996 — Map (db m111593) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Battle of Orleans Massachusetts 1814
Here, Dec. 19, 1814 Orleans Militia repulsed British landing from H.M.S. Newcastle, - intent; burning village and vessels, War of 1812. Town's early commercial and maritime center. Packet's Landing; passengers and freight between here, Plymouth, . . . — Map (db m61489) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — French–Atlantic Cable Company
French – Atlantic cable company Cape Cod station 1890 – 1959. Oldest cable on Atlantic bed. From storm isolated Cape, first world news of steamer Portland lost off Truro with 200 lives; flashed from Orleans to Brest, France and back over . . . — Map (db m77557) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Jonathan Young Mill
Built circa 1720 in South Orleans, later moved to the center of town. It was moved to Hyannisport in 1897. In 1983, the structure was given to the Orleans Historical Society by the Groves family. The society then donated it to the town. Dismantled . . . — Map (db m59979) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Pushed Back by the Sea
Both the lighthouse standing here and the cliff in front of you have had to give away to the power of the Atlantic Ocean.

The first lighthouses built here in 1838 were placed over 600 feet east of where you are standing now. As ocean waves ate . . . — Map (db m63398)

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Long, Black Cable
The long, black cable has carried countless thousands of messages of international finance, personal hope and disaster, and news of war and peace.

Now it lies cold and dormant on the deep floor of the wide Atlantic.

If you stood here on . . . — Map (db m63399)

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Nauset LightsCape Cod National Seashore
In 1838 the United States Government took action to reduce the number of shipwrecks along this dangerous coast by establishing the Nauset Light. To make the signal easily recognizable three separate lanterns were set on small brick towers about . . . — Map (db m63396)
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Three Sisters Lit the Way
These three lighthouses were part of the Nauset Beach Light Station, which originally stood a quarter mile away, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Nicknamed the Three Sisters, this trio of lights provided a landmark for sailors making their way along . . . — Map (db m63400)
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Provincetown — H.M.S. Somerset
Of all the enemy ships that haunted Provincetown Harbor during the Revolutionary War, perhaps the most fearsome was the huge British man-of-war H.M.S. Somerset. With her 64 mounted guns and crew of 400, she symbolized British tyranny where-ever she . . . — Map (db m111670) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Provincetown — Provincetown
On November 20, 1620 the Pilgrims dropped the Mayflower’s anchor for the first time in the new world- not at Plymouth where they later settled, but in the harbor ahead. Just off the shores of today’s Provincetown they drafted and signed a pioneering . . . — Map (db m111673) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Provincetown — The First Landing Place of the Pilgrims, Nov. 11, 1620, O.S.
The map in Mourt's Relation shows that near this spot the Pilgrims first touched foot on American soil. — Map (db m55594) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Sandwich — 241st Coast ArtilleryBattery C
A siren pierces the air! A German submarine is sighted! Soldiers scramble to their respective positions to defend the eastern entrance of the Cape Cod Canal from enemy attack.

This was only a drill. Enemy vessels were sighted along these . . . — Map (db m57393) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Sandwich — Changes Through Time
The name Sagamore is defined as "Chief" of an Indian tribe. It was on Sagamore Hill that chiefs of the Wampanoag and Manomet Indians would hold tribal meetings. As you look out toward Cape Cod Bay, the land before you has undergone many changes . . . — Map (db m57397) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Sandwich — Edmund Freeman Saddle & Pillion Burial Ground
Edmond Freeman Born in England 1590 Died in Sandwich 1682 A Founder of the Town of Sandwich in 1637 Assistant to Governor Bradford 1640 - 1647 — Map (db m120748) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Sandwich — Panama Mount
The 241st Coastal Artillery Battery C used this Panama Gun Mount as a firing base. At the onset of World War II, the United States Army positioned 155 MM Field Artillery pieces at critical coastal locations. The defense of the easterly entrance to . . . — Map (db m57396) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Sandwich — Ready Rooms
Before you are "Ready Rooms". A series off underground tunnels connected the plotting rooms and ammunition storage rooms behind the hill to the observation and battery command station atop the hill. Side tunnels allowed movement of ammunition to the . . . — Map (db m57395) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Sandwich — Sagamore Hill Trail
By looking at the present landscape, one can see into the past. Sagamore Hill is rich in cultural and natural history. What was once a Indian Council gathering place later became a World War II Coastal Military Installation. The land is now a . . . — Map (db m57307) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Wellfleet — Cape Cod National Sea Shore Marconi Beach
Cape Cod National Seashore was set aside to preserve its natural and cultural resources. Opportunities to explore and experience these resources abound, and we ask that you do so in ways that will leave them unimpaired.

Regulations have been . . . — Map (db m107901) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Wellfleet — Marconi Wireless Station
Here stood one of the world’s greatest pioneer radio stations, Marconi’s South Wellfleet wireless, or “Old CC.” Unfortunately, the historic station was dismantled and abandoned in 1920, and the ocean has eroded away over half the land . . . — Map (db m77968) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Wellfleet — Transatlantic Triumph
Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmitted wireless telegraph signals as early is 1890 – between tin plates mounted on post in his father’s garden in Italy. He was only sixteen years old. Inspired by short range successes, Marconi . . . — Map (db m77966) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Woods Hole — Nobska LighthouseLatitude 41 30' 54" N Longtitude 70 39' 20"
Since 1828 Nobska Light has provided a familiar beacon for "all who go down to the sea in ships". 87 feet above sea level, Nobska's flash every six seconds is visible 17 miles out to sea. This 28,000 candlepower light used a 1000-watt lamp magnified . . . — Map (db m120715) HM

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