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One hundred years ago, during World War I, the only attack on American soil by the Germans took place on Nauset Beach in Orleans when U-boat 156 fired shells that hit the beach. That attack was soon answered by seaplanes from the Chatham Naval Air Station, which dropped dud bombs on the U-boat. It was July 21, 1918, a hot and hazy Sunday, when U-boat 156 lurked in the waters just off Orleans. According to o...

ORLEANS — Reuben Hopkins held a full house in thrall last week as he shared his eyewitness account of the July 21, 1918 German U-boat attack off Nauset Beach, the only World War I attack on U.S. soil. The Coast Guardsman's voice was clear, his memory sharp. After he spoke, Hopkins was unable to join a panel of historians to take questions at the initial event of the Orleans 1918 Commemoration Committee. That...

Orleans Prepares To Recognize WWI Attack Centennial

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

ORLEANS – On July 21, 1918, the German submarine U-156 surfaced about three miles off Nauset Beach and shelled the tugboat Perth Amboy and the four barges it had in tow. The barges were sunk, the tug was badly damaged, and two people were injured. Several shots fired from the U-boat’s 5.9-inch deck guns hit the Orleans shore, making the town the only place on U.S. soil to receive enemy gunfire during World War ...

Author Recounts World War I 'Attack On Orleans'

By: Debra Lawless

During WWI, the only known attack by the Germans on American soil took place on Nauset Beach in Orleans. July 21, 1918 dawned a “hot and hazy day,” author Jake Klim told a standing-room-only audience at the Atwood House Museum last Sunday. Klim now lives in North Bethesda, Md., where he works in television production. Growing up on Cape Cod, references to the events of that day in Orleans intrigued him. In 201...

Chatham's Masters Of The Sea

By: Debra Lawless

The Atwood House Museum will kick off its new summer exhibit “Masters of the Sea,” which tells the story of Chatham’s great days as a 19 th century training ground for the best ship’s captains in the world, on June 17. “Masters of the Sea” relates the fascinating tales of danger and excitement faced by eight sea captains and a sailmaker born in Chatham and Harwich between 1838 and 1854. (The sailmaker, Charle...