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Shipwreck at Newcomb Hollow is Protected by Federal Law

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Date: January 31, 2008
Contact: William Burke, Seashore Historian, (508) 255-3421 x14
Contact: Steve Prokop, Chief Ranger, (508) 349-3785 x213

A part of Cape Cod’s maritime history is now exposed at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, but Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price reminds citizens that the shipwreck is a protected cultural resource under federal law and should not be damaged or disturbed in any way.

Last weekend’s storm exposed a 60-foot section of a wooden vessel, likely built in the 1800s. The wreck is visible at low tide. Vessels like this transported goods along the New England coast and beyond before paved roads and trucks began to do the job in the 20th century.

The exposure of this wreck provides a special opportunity for the public to view a large piece of a shipwreck up close. The wreckage is part of our nation’s heritage that needs to be preserved. It is a serious violation of federal law to remove or deface any part of the wreck.

Citizens witnessing vandalism or theft should call the Cape Cod National Seashore tip line at 508-349-1273.

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Wellfleet kettle ponds

There are twenty permanently flooded freshwater kettle ponds within the Cape Cod National Seashore. They range in size from 2.5 to 100 acres and from 6 to 65 feet in depth.