42°03’09” N 70°10’38” W

Buddy Johnson (above, by Joel Grozier), and his houseboat, by David W. Dunlap.

Buddy Johnson (above, by Joel Grozier), and his houseboat, by David W. Dunlap.

The preceding 628 entries may have left the impression that the town’s built environment can be neatly organized — even though addresses, lots, streets, structures, dunes, and shorelines shift constantly, making mockery of any efforts to pinpoint. So let’s conclude with the amazing houseboat once occupied by Warren “Buddy” Johnson; fisherman, mechanic and “fun-loving rascal,” according to his 2011 obituary in The Banner. “He will be remembered for his houseboat lifestyle, his bar stool at the Old Colony Tap and his bare feet — the heralds of spring,” the obit said. The coordinates for the boat were accurate in early 2014, but no one expects it to sit still. After all, this is Provincetown.


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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