June 23 -1933: Barge full of rocks sinks, blocks canal for a day, ships forced to detour

1933: Canal closed, barge full of rocks hits rock and sinks. 2007: Julie Harris gets a stage to call her own
A lighter carrying rocks sunk in three minutes. This is a similar rock freighter from the 1930s.

1933: Rocks block canal

Lighter Carrying Rocks Is Sunk - Freighter Grounded in Accident

On this day in 1933 the Cape Cod Canal was closed because a lighter carrying rocks hit a rock in the canal and sunk in three minutes.

The Eastern Steamship Company freighter Sandwich attempted to edge pass the sunken lighter but scrapped against it and was grounded itself on the opposite shore.

It will be a day before the canal is open again for traffic and 75 ships which usually use the canal were forced to go around the outside of the Cape instead.

Read the story below:

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2007: For Julie Harris, a stage to call her own

Chatham resident has had illustrious stage and film career

On this day in 2007 the New York Times reported that it doesn't have a name yet, the large, earth-tone building that since last summer has risen out of the sand next to the cedar-shingled post office in Wellfleet, but that's what you get when you ask Julie Harris if you can name a professional theater after her. Fortunately for the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Ms. Harris was open to compromise.

"She said, ‘Well, I don't want the theater named after me, but you can name a piece of it after me,' " the company's artistic director, Jeff Zinn, recalled. "And so we said, ‘Well, how about the stage?' "

Her film crediots include Knots Landing (1979), East of Eden (1955) and The Haunting (1963).

Julie Harris is the most honored performer in Tony history with ten nominations and five victories. She won the award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "I Am A Camera" (1952), "The Lark" (1956), "Forty Carats" (1969), and "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1973); and as Best Actress (Play) for "The Belle of Amherst" (1977). Her five additional nominations were: for Best Actress (dramatic), "Marathon '33" (1964) and "The Au Pair Man" (1974); for Best Actress (musical), "Skyscraper" (1966); and for Best Actress (play), "Lucifer's Child" (1991), and "The Gin Game" (1997).

Ms. Harris was born on Dec 02, 1925 and died on Aug 24, 2013 at age 87.

Read the rest of the story in the New York Times here.


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