The Target Ship


The Target Ship in Cape Cod Bay by Noel W. Beyle


Other Photos of the SS James Longstreet, the ship that would become the Target Ship


“‘United States Navy photo from the National Archives of the S.S. James Longstreet that became the ‘target ship in Cape Cod Bay.
Donovan, Jim. “S.S. James Longstreet.” Photograph. 1942. Digital Commonwealth,
S.S. James Longstreet (accessed October 29, 2023).



Postcards of SS James Longstreet, the Target Ship


Postcard, circa 1965,
Target Ship Laying off Eastham in Cape Cod Bay” Color Trans. by Harold L. R. Cooper
published by Cape Cod Photos, Orleans on Cape Coe



AERIAL VIEW of TARGET SHIP
“James Longstreet” is under attack. This 418 fot vessel lies 2 miles west of First Encounter Beach in Eastham, Cape Cod Bay. The World War 2 Liberty Ship was turned over to the U.S. Navy for target practice by the Naval Air Force.
Postcard circa 1970


VIEW OF TARGET SHIP
“James Longstreet” is under attak This 418 foot vessel lines 2 miles west of First Encounter Beach in Eastham, Cape Cod Bay. This World War II Liberty Ship was turned over to the U.S. Nvy for target practice by the Naval Air Force.
Postcard postmarked June, 1983



The Waning Days of the Target Ship

Photos by Al Flint
See SS James Longstreet (Updated on Nov 27, 2022)
See also The Target Ship in Cape Cod Bay (2016)


Target ship in Cape Cod Bay on its way to oblivion with its ribs still proudly showing. Location: Thumpertown Road Beach.
Alfano, A. (July 1985). The waning days of the target ship [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://openarchives.umb.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15774coll6/id/10509



Barrie Richardson, a professional photographer and my husband, loved the target ship. He took this picture as sunset in 1990. He entered it into a photo contest sponsored by Cape Cod Savings Bank. This photo won third prize. Location: off Kingsbury Beach, Cape Cod Bay.
Richardson, Kaye. “Barrie Richardson’s prize winning photo of the target ship S.S. James Longstreet.” Photograph. 1990. Digital Commonwealth, http://openarchives.umb.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15774coll6/id/10519 (accessed October 30, 2023).



Videos of the Target Ship



See Also

Historic gallery: Target ship SS Longstreet off Eastham – from the Cape Cod Times

Facebook: Cape Cod Bay Target Ship 

Cape Cod Photography Page – photos of the Target Ship

From Photo & Video Uploads from Boston, MA’s Local Community | wcvb.com – Boston, MA


From 5 things to know about rusted target ship in Cape Cod Bay in the Cape Cod Times, October 10, 2014.


See also In Their Footsteps: Cape Cod History – SS James Longstreet Cape Cod’s Target Ship

From SS James Longstreet from Alchetron


Terrific photo by Harold Smith on FlickerOld rusty target ship shows in Cape Cod Bay.” Taken September 16, 2012. Mr. Smith died in 2019 and has 22k amazing photos on Flicker.

See also The Longstreet Society


Skaket Beach With Target Ship in Background Orleans, MA