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Opinion

Juliette Kayyem

A dramatic shipwreck, a daring rescue

COAST GUARD cutter CG36500 sits peacefully in a dock in Cape Cod. Made entirely of wood and just 36 feet long, it is unimpressive to look at. And that’s what makes it so haunting.

Earlier this month, a few elderly men — witnesses to one of the most heroic rescues in Massachusetts’ rich maritime history — met me there; some of them, as little boys, had rushed to the docks to meet the tiny cutter when it creaked into harbor, overflowing with exhausted sailors and the heroes who rescued them.

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