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One event of Yarmouth that is of interest to the lovers of the sea is the voyage of the Red Jacket. Captain Asa Eldridge was her skipper who made a record voyage across the Atlantic in thirteen days.

It brought the acclaim of people of every nation. After a glorious career, the ship was sold to be used as a coal barge. Captain Eldridge was drowned at sea after his ship, The Pacific, blew up. Some believe he crowded her boilers too much, probably wishing to make another record. It will never be known.

The name, Red Jacket, was to cause momentary remembrance on the Cape years later. An Indian by that name, living in Mashpee, was struck and killed by an automobile while he was hurrying home to supper.

The Red Jacket is also the name of a resort company with resorts located on Cape Cod in Yarmouth and in North Conway, New Hampshire.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 07/24/06
Categories: HistoryYarmouth
Keywords: history, maritime, yarmouth


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