Romance

"The economy of a town," Provincetown (±1935), by Edwin Rosskam. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8a15332.
An excursion steamer running between Provincetown and Boston. In a thick nighttime fog in September 1936, carrying 153 passengers and a crew of 53 from the cape end through Boston Harbor, the Romance was rammed on her port side, forward of amidships, by the New York, a much larger steamer headed to New York City from Boston with 350 passengers. Astonishingly, there were no casualties. The Romance sank within 20 minutes of the collision, after all passengers had been safely evacuated to the New York by rope ladders or placed in lifeboats. In the best seafaring tradition, Capt. Adelbert Wickens was the last man to leave his ship, moments before she went under. The last passenger off the ship was Antone Ferreira, of 30 Pleasant Street, whom The Advocate described as one of the evening’s heroes for the aid he offered in evacuating the other travelers. The caption for this photograph says: “The economy of a town: fishing and the tourist trade. A fishing boat in front of the S.S. Romance, a tourist boat which used to ply between Boston and Provincetown and has since sunk in Boston Harbor.

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