Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Attack on Orleans



Tuesday, July 14th   1pm  Free w/Admission

On the warm morning of July 21, 1918 – during the last year of the Firsst World War - a new prototype of German submarine surfaced three miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and attacked an unarmed towboat and her four barges. A handful of the shells fired by the U-boat’s two deck guns struck Nauset Beach, giving the modest town of Orleans the distinction of being the first, and only, spot in the United States to receive fire from the enemy during the entire World War. Although upwards of one thousand citizens watched the spectacle from shore, the “Attack on Orleans” is a story very few Americans, outside the proud town of Orleans, have ever heard. Author Jake Klim will chronicle the first 30 minutes of the 90-minute attack and celebrate the resilience of Cape Cod at war.