Provincetown I, II, III, IV

Provincetown II at Commonwealth Pier - World Trade Center, Boston, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Provincetown II at Commonwealth Pier – World Trade Center, Boston, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

The Bay State-Spray & Provincetown Steamship Company’s Provincetown I began service in 1973 as the first big Boston boat of the modern era. Commissioned by the company founder, Dick Nakashian, she was designed by John Gilbert and built at Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Me. In 1981, the 1,130-passenger Provincetown II, designed by Gilbert, arrived from the Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay, N.Y. She is still in service.

Provincetown III, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Provincetown III, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

The company, renamed Bay State Cruise, began running the Provincetown Express (now Friendship IV), a twin-hulled catamaran, in 1998. Travel time was halved, to 90 minutes. She was designed in Australia by International Catamaran (now Incat Crowther) and built in Somerset, Mass., by the Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding arm of the Duclos Corporation. They also designed and built Provincetown III of 2004 and Provincetown IV of 2013.

Provincetown IV, by David W. Dunlap (2015).

Provincetown IV, by David W. Dunlap (2015).


More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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