Monday, February 04, 2008

More on the Shipwreck at Newcomb Hollow

Above are some of the hundreds of folks who flocked to Wellfleet this weekend, some from as far away as Rhode Island. Sven went down to Newcomb Hollow again this afternoon to view the shipwreck again and found a group of busy people working there on behalf of the Cape Cod National Seashore. There was an archaeologist who was drawing the wreck in order to document it. Five men and one woman were digging and had uncovered more boards closer to the water’s edge. They also discovered boards in the sand that had not been visible the first time we visited. The woman told Sven the wreck had been washed ashore during the nor’easter. The archaeologist said that he had heard its name was probably The Montclair, which went aground in 1927. The ship was probably built in the 1860s. During the last years of her existence, she transported coal. They had no idea what was going to happen to the shipwreck. “Wait for the next nor’easter,” one of them joked, which Sven found a bit sad. He would have liked to see it recovered by the town and put in a museum.