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The John Maho was a ship which over a century and a half ago nearly met her doom off Chatham near Monomoy. On November 25, 1851, while on the Handkerchief Shoals, she took on a northeast gale of considerable force.

The following morning she found herself headed for Chatham. To save the Maho from the breakers and destruction, Captain Reed ordered the crew to cut away her main and mizzen mast. With these cut away, the ship rode higher in the water and was less liable to ground herself. At this perilous point, the steamer, Massachusetts, passing, saw the Maho’s distress and, coming close, managed to tow her to Holmes Hole at Martha’s Vineyard.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 06/01/06
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