How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I’s Only Attack on American Soil

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July 21, 1918, dawned hot and hazy in Orleans, Massachusetts. Three miles offshore, the Perth Amboy, a 120-foot steel tugboat, chugged south along the outer arm of Cape Cod en route to the Virginia Capes with four barges in tow. Just before 10:30 a.m., a deckhand on the Perth Amboy was startled by the sight of something white skipping through the water…

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Only Attack on American Soil

A century ago, a German U-boat fired at five vessels and a Massachusetts beach before slinking back out to sea in World War I’s only attack on American soil.

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