On The Map Monday!
Cape Cod National Seashore
The CCNS includes nearly 40 miles (64 km) of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod, in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham. It is administered by the National Park Service. The seashore is comprised of pristine sandy beaches, marshes, ponds, and uplands that support diverse species. It is also home to many lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs that offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches, and walking and biking trails beckon today’s visitors.
One of the most noble sites along the Cape Cod National Seashore is Marconi Station, the site of the first two-way transatlantic radio transmission. The station on CCNS is named after the Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi. He championed wireless communication at the turn of the twentieth century—and demonstrated it on January 19, 1903, when he sent and received the first transatlantic wireless messages. Wireless communication was quickly adopted by shipping companies. “The importance of wireless messages was underscored less than a decade after Marconi’s demonstration. When the Titanic was sinking in 1912, its wireless distress calls reached the Carpathia, which steamed to the scene and rescued more than 700 people.”