Atwood Museum Director Tells Story of Cape’s Oldest Ship Wreck
Mark C. Wilkins, beginning his third year as director and curator of Chatham Historical Society’s Atwood House Museum, tells the fascinating story of the good ship Sparrow-Hawk in Cape Cod's Oldest Shipwreck: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk (History Press, 2011).
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“In 1626-27, the Sparrow-Hawk began her final journey across the brutal winter waves of the Atlantic Ocean, departing from the southern coast of England with America as her goal. As cases of scurvy and whispers of mutiny rose, the hopes of those aboard the small vessel began to fade. The ever-changing coastline of Cape Cod caused the Sparrow-Hawk to run aground.
Desperate to repair their ship and attain their goal of becoming wealthy Virginia tobacco planters, the passengers wrecked her again, forcing them to abandon their beloved ship and take up residence in Plymouth Colony. Revealed by the tides over two hundred years later, the wreckage was pillaged by local scavengers and put on display in Boston. “
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