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  • Writer's pictureDon Wilding

Shipwreck on Peaked Hill Bars

A Boston Post illustration from 1896 shows the crew of the ill-fated Monte Tabor.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, many lives were lost in shipwrecks along the outer beach of Cape Cod.

Six of those casualties came during the wreck of the Monte Tabor along the Peaked Hill Bars of Provincetown on Sept. 14, 1896. Three of them died from being swept away by the high surf.

The other three? They died by their own hands.

Two men had slashed their throats, and the captain was seen with a shotgun wound to the head. According to the Sept. 15, 1896 edition of The Boston Globe, “More ghastly corpses never have been seen here.”

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