Up Cape

Heading south on the Cape.

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re: Up Cape

why is up south and down north? man bostonians confuse me... and howcome you say bos ton for boston, but then its bos stone ians? if u get what i mean

re: Up Cape

The whole "South is up" is more common on the coast, particularly in Maine, coming from sailing days. Downeast Maine is the easternmost part of the state, and downwind from anyplace else. When a Mainer goes to Boston, be goes up to get there.

re: Up Cape

Explain why non Bostonians say "copEly" Square instead of the correct pronunciation "copley" square. I actually a tourist insist that *we*/Bostonians were saying it wrong ..doh!

re: Up Cape

From down Cape, someplace like Falmouth would be up Cape. (Heading West BTW.) For years, the Cape Cod Baseball League had two divisions: Upper and Lower (based on geography, not quality).

re: Up Cape

To go "up cape" is to head towards the Cape Cod Canal when on the Cape. As the Cape is curved, it does not indicate an ordinal direction like West or South. Likewise, to go "down cape" is to head away from the Canal when on the Cape. This is not to be confused with going "down THE Cape", which is to go to Cape Cod from anywhere else.

Up Cape and down Cape

The story I have heard about "up Cape" and "down Cape" is that the terms originated as a result of the nautical history of the area. As you go towards Provincetown from the mainland, your west longitude decreases - you are going "down" Cape. The reverse is true as you go from Provincetown towards the mainland - your west longitude is increasing. Or maybe the locals made it up to confuse everyone.