Shipwrecks Along the Cape Cod Coast Greg Ketchen, President, Coast Guard Heritage Museum
August 15 | Cotuit Library | 7 PM
The outer coast of Massachusetts has been called the Graveyard of the North Atlantic, with more than 3,000 shipwrecks off Cape Cod since European sailors began exploring the Western Hemisphere.. The earliest recorded wreck was that of the Pinnace Sparrow Hawk in 1626.. Many wrecks followed, particularly in the 19th century, as commercial sailing vessel traffic peaked along our coast. Advances in modern navigation, weather forecasting and vessel technologies have not eliminated the risks, evidenced by the grounding of the cruise ship Royal Majesty off Nantucket in 1995 and the fast ferry Iyannough in 2017 as it approached Hyannis Harbor. Navigational errors, extreme weather, equipment failures and human error are some of the causes. The Wydah, HMS Somerset, Pendleton, City of Columbus, Argo Merchant, Andrea Doria, and Norwegian Majesty are just a few of the marine accidents in our local waters that have shaped life-saving innovations in rescue equipment and operations. Greg Ketchen is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain living in Osterville. He is currently serving as the president of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, located in Barnstable’s Old Custom House.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has received federal grant funding through NOAA’s Species Recovery Grant Program.
The $100,000 award will be used for the Santuit River herring research project, which will analyze the Santuit River ecosystem to discover if there are any physical or biological features that are threatening alewife and blueback herring.
The goal of the study is to determine if population restoration, stream habitat restoration or relocation strategies would be effective for protecting herring.
The Santuit River, also known as the Cotuit River, is a 2.3-mile-long (3.7 km) river on the border between Mashpee & Cotuit. The river flows southwards from the southern end of Santuit Pond into Popponesset Bay (also known as Shoestring Bay)