Sunday, April 18, 2010

Exposed on The Cape

H.M.S. Somerset III has poked its futtocks up out of the sands of the Cape Cod National SeaShore near Provincetown MA, for the first time since 1973. According to a story located on TheBostonChannel.com entitled British Warship Paul Revere Eluded Resurfaces, the old hulk is somehow associated with Paul Revere. You remember Paul Revere, the Son of Liberty and copper-bender? "Two if by sea?"Of course you do. (And I do understand that the date of this entry is The Eighteenth of April.)
The headline of the article (the sub-head is "Wreckage From HMS Somerset III Unearthed By Storm Erosion," although I am not familiar with the journalism work of this "Storm Erosion") refers to the legend that Revere avoided the ship -- "slipped under the bow" -- and then became famous for William Dawes' famed midnight ride, but William P. Burke, Park Historian, says that "11 18-pound and five 9-pound cannon and powder were entrusted to Colonel Paul Revere to be used in fortifying Castle Island in Boston Harbor." So Colonel Revere didn't completely avoid the ship's cannons, after all. Charged with exposure near P-Town. Ouch.As is the custom with demolished relics located in or near a National Park, the National Park Service has promised to use its special 3-D imaging gadget (not to be confused with Phineas J. Whoopee's 3DBB) to record (or "preserve") something of the remains. But, of course, a few in Boston didn't notice the story because they were too busy shopping for tricorns (or trying to dress up like Paul Revere) so that they could go to the anti-government rally on the Boston Common and defile the memory of the actual patriots who fought for their lives and livelihoods and posterity.Me! My! Me! It's always the same with you people.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Storm Erosion? I believe she was dancing under the name "Stormy" before she went straight with that journalism gig.

Chuck said...

Huh? Oh, I get it. Yeah...

PJ said...

I can see your confusion, Chuck. I couldn't see how journalism is a straight gig either.