Photo courtesy of "Shipwrecks Around Cape Cod"The schooner Montclair on Nauset Beach in Orleans.
The wooden timbers that turned up in the sands of Nauset Beach last week are believed to be from the schooner Montclair, a cargo vessel from Nova Scotia wrecked on the outer sand bars of Cape Cod in 1927, according to a local shipwreck historian who interviewed one of the two survivors.
William Quinn of Orleans said that he is surely positive – and has conferred with others who agree, he said – that the timbers found on the beach in Orleans are from the vessel. Specifically, the timbers had wooden pins and brass rivets, to fasten planks together, that would date the wood back to the time of the Montclair.
The timbers were exposed after a storm last week. But Mother Nature, with her tides and winds, has already covered the Montclair again.
“These things come out periodically every now and then,” Quinn said. “They come out and they’re covered again.”
Quinn said that ship wreckage often turns up on the beaches of Cape Cod, but that this would be the first time remnants of the Montclair have been found since the vessel first broke apart.
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