October 22 - 1948: Cape Cod's gay whale returns

The world is amused by tales about Willie the Whale which had been frolicking about Provincetown Harbor
Wise men don't mess araound with "Willie the Whale"

1948: Willie the Whale runs circles around boats in Provincetown harbor

On this day in 1948 the world was being regaled with tales of our gay whale which had been frolicking about the Cape tip for a couple years now. In one previous visit, "Willie the whale" as he was dubbed, had smashed a dingy tossing a young Provincetown lad on the leviathan's back where he held on for a brief whale of a ride.

"THAT WHALE AGAIN; Cape Cod's Gay Leviathan Plays Tag With Boat"

PROVINCETOWN, MASS. -- Cape Cod's famous whale, Willie, which is almost as well known here as the Pilgrim Memorial, is at it again. Last week he poked his head out of the calm Atlantic to race circles around the fishing yacht Katharine II and then, while its twenty passengers (including this reporter) watched in amazement, dive playfully beneath it...

Read the rest of this 1948 story below, but that's an artist's imaginary depiction of the event above.


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