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U-boat scares had Lewes ‘full of frightened people’: Delaware history

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“Lewes was full of frightened persons on Friday,” The Wilmington Evening Journal reported on July 16, 1917, “when what was thought to be a submarine was discovered off the beach near the Breakwater, and the citizens were satisfied that the Germans would land in a short time.”

Enemy soldiers did not come storming ashore; but it was not the first time that coastal residents were terrified that enemy troops were headed their way, nor would it be the last time.

Residents of the Delaware coast had a long tradition of being on the front lines of America’s wars. During the American Revolution, enemy ships regularly patrolled the waters around Cape Henlopen; and during the War of 1812, a British squadron bombarded Lewes.

Rumors of enemy vessels off the Delaware coast were rampant during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, but these threats did not materialize.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service