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Capturing Cape Cod History:
An Anthology of Register Articles

Edited by Pat Tafra

This intriguing and humorous collection of 80-plus articles and illustrations consists of 60 selections from the Register newspaper from 2010 to 2014, plus 25 articles from the Historical Society newsletter, the “Beechcomber”, and several articles written in the19th century by Yarmouth Port’s Mary Matthews Bray.
     This collection is perfect for the local historian, the casual reader or as a thoughtful gift.
$10. Available now at the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth office (the Cobbler Shop), or by mail at the address below.

The Lost Hero of Cape Cod
Captain Asa Eldridge And The Maritime Trade
That Shaped America

by Vincent Miles

The story of one extraordinary mariner and of the struggle between the young United States and Great Britain for the dominance of transatlantic trade.
     Asa Eldridge, born in Yarmouth on Cape Cod, grew up to become one of the world's greatest skippers. He still holds the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a sailing ship which he set in 1854. His fame spread far and wide and he soon was given command of Commodore Vanderbilt's private yacht. But his fate was sealed as he skippered one of the newest transatlantic steamships on a fateful crossing that foreshadowed the Titanic disaster half a century later.
$15. Available now at the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth office (the Cobbler Shop), or by mail at the address below.

Cape Cod Shore Whaling
America's First Whalemen

by John Braginton-Smith and Duncan Oliver

Before New Bedford became the whaling center of the world and even before Nantucket achieved fame as the source of half the world's whale oil, there was Cape Cod. Famous all these many years for its namesake fish, the Cape was in its day the very epicenter of whaling in America. Its hardy denizens were among the first to engage in shore whaling, harvesting the enormous beasts within sight of the sandy beaches where little children now wade.
     These hardy souls were America's first whalemen, credited with inventing
the tools and the techniques that commercialized whaling, harvesting the all-important oil that lit up the night. Among them you'll meet one of the most famous: Ichabod Paddock—a Yarmouth man—with an outsize reputation that led the residents of Nantucket to invite him over to teach them the art of whaling. Within two years Paddock planted the seeds of a whaling heritage still associated with the tiny island to this day. Alas, you'll also see how Ichabod's various proclivities managed to get this proud son of Yarmouth dis-invited, too. It's a fascinating look at the beginnings of one of America's most colorful industries.
$4. Available now at the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth office (the Cobbler Shop), or by mail at the address below.

Yarmouth's Proud Packets
The Commodore Hull Didn't Sail So Dull

by Haynes R. Mahoney

Packet ships were a new and revolutionary idea in the early 1800s. That was the first time ships were advertised by their owners to operate on regular schedules between ports, weather permitting. Until then, ships wouldn't leave the dock until they had a full hold or a full complement of passengers, or the skipper had favorable winds. Schedule? Set departure times? You've got to be kidding!
     Once begun however, scheduled transport took off. And it led to such advances as the development of the great clipper ships, those sleek, speedy greyhounds of the sea that dominated packet services by the 1850s. Ultimately, steam succeeded sail and the great liners followed, including the ill-fated, unsinkable Titanic.
     The author traces the history of packet service on the Cape and Yarmouth's role in the growth of this vital means of transport with all its inherent risks and rewards. Yarmouth's packets transformed the town into a vibrant port and added to the variety of social life—until they were finally superseded by the ever-increasing reach and convenience of the railroads.
$1. Available now at the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth office (the Cobbler Shop), or by mail at the address below.


The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth
229 Old King's Highway (Route 6A)
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

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We have compiled a large archive of historical Articles, all researched and written by our authors and published in the Yarmouth Register. They cover everything from the lives of interesting historical characters to accounts of natural disasters that have had a dramatic impact on the Cape and the people who live here. Subjects include:

• Sea Captains and Other Fascinating People

• Maritime, Weather and Other Disasters

• Life In The Sea

• Earning A Living from the Sea and the Land

• Cape Life Over the Centuries

• And Many Others

For a complete listing of Articles organized by category click the link below. You may request up to four Articles at a time by emailing oliver02675@comcast.net

Yarmouth Register Articles listed by Category