December 29, 1934

Local fishing boat loses man at sea

Provincetown’s Mary P. Goulart, Captain Lawrence C. Santos, arrived from her final voyage with her flag at half mast and her crew saddened by the loss of Frank Silva of 27 Nickerson Street, lost overboard during the ‘a terrible storm off the coast of Nova Scotia.

The Goulart arrived in Boston on Saturday after a journey of almost a month with a history of encountering a terrible storm, in which the wheelhouse was completely washed away, taking with it Silva, who was at the wheel. The dories were swept off the deck and some seams on the boat split open from the force of the water.

Frank Silva, 53, was born in Provincetown and has been a fisherman his entire life. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise Silva, a daughter, Florence, a brother, John of Medford, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Souza of Cambridge.

December 28, 1950

Santa Claus here to cheer on Cape End

The Provincetown festivities for the city’s youngest began last Saturday night with attendance at City Hall for kids through high school, with dancing between 8 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.

Between 500 and 600 Provincetown youth attended Christmas parties at Town Hall Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The parties were sponsored by the Recreation Commission and all city organizations. An older group hosted their party in the main auditorium, with another in the Caucus room for the younger group.

Santa Claus arrived at Town Hall in a pony cart driven by Horace Watson Jr., and was greeted with cheers from the children. He visited both parties at Town Hall, which included Christmas stories, Christmas carols, Provincetown Band music, refreshments and gifts.

Sunday evening in the Methodist Church in Provincetown, the children attended the church’s annual Christmas feast, with Christmas carols by the children and their parents, who brought gifts for all the youth, teachers and the Reverend and Mrs. Arthur O. Dewey.

December 28, 1967

Wellfleet searches for a long lost cannon

Wellfleet has a long lost cannon and if Wellfleet can find it the town is going to have a glowing celebration on July 4th.

The age of the gun, no one knows, whether it came from a Plymouth outpost, a British frigate, or even the old pirate ship “Whidah”, which sank in Wellfleet.

It was in fact one of two such cannons which came into the possession of the townspeople and to which they attached great importance – one belonging to the people of South Wellfleet and mounted on Cannon Hill in South Wellfleet and the other belonging to a competing group of citizens and pulled from the hill near Uncle Tim’s Bridge on Commercial Street. The rivalry was high between the two artillery teams although there was no record of one team ever targeting the other.

Yankee Magazine in its December issue has a story on the two guns, but The Advocate got hold of Sylvanus Pierce Jr. of South Wellfleet, who is 79 and an active oyster farmer, and he provided some first-hand details.

Mr. Pierce, as a child, remembered the two old guns well, the rivalry between the two artillery crews – who mysteriously managed to load and fire the old guns – and what happened to the gun. second gun.

The second cannon exploded, for short, leaving the residents of downtown Wellfleet without their cannon. What the bewildered artillery team then did, Mr. Pierce said, was sneak up to South Wellfleet and “drag ours.”

“Well the fishermen in South Wellfleet couldn’t stand it,” Mr. Pierce continues, “so they just went down to the middle of town and picked up their guns. “

The Yankee article says that a brash group of inner-city rivals prevented the gunners in South Wellfleet from firing their cannon at the appointed time on Independence Day – but late at night when the gang rival had gone home to bed, the villagers of South Wellfleet fired their cannon with a triumphant boom that lifted the Town up.

Soon after, it seems, they took out their cannon to keep it out of the hands of their rivals and buried it, the location being strictly secret. An uncle of Sylvanus Pierce helped bury the old firing room.

Years have passed and the location of the historic cannon has become less well known. But Holman Spence, the historic author of the Yankee article, is here to find him, restore him to his shooting ability – and the Wellfleet feuds now forgotten, the people of Wellfleet are here to help.

When spring comes and the ground thaws, says Pierce, “they’re going to use mine detectors that can locate the metal 10 or 15 feet underground.