Thursday, July 10, 2008

Destination: Wellfleet's Shipwreck

Where are these beachcombers going? Down Newcomb Hollow Beach to see the shipwreck. Yes, 2008 brought a new tourist attraction to Wellfleet. A shipwreck appeared out of the sand this winter. It still stands, evidence of the many boats that sank off the shores of Cape Cod over the years. When ships and cargo washed up on the beach, folks would venture out at night with lanterns to collect the booty. These scavengers were called "moon-cussers" because moonlight revealed the illegal activity and they supposedly cursed at the moon. Some of the houses in Provincetown were even constructed with planks from shipwrecks. The old boards become visible when new owners renovate.