Capt. Todd Silva fished with his father, Capt. Louis “Ding” Silva, aboard the scalloper Magellan II. After she was wrecked in a storm, Todd started lobstering on the 26-foot Pam & Todd, built in 1978 in Dover, N.H. He raised three daughters at 485 Commercial, where his grandparents had lived after their arrival from Pico and São Miguel in the Azores. His sale of the house in 2008 prompted an elegiac essay in The Banner, “Todd Silva Is Leaving Provincetown,” by Dennis Minsky, who mourned the departure of “one of the last watermen on the waterfront.” That’s not to say Silva abandoned fishing. In fact, he recently acquired the scalloper Patience Too from Mary Beth and John de Poutiloff.
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