13 Mermaid Avenue

13 Mermaid Avenue, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

13 Mermaid Avenue, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Windward Cottage is the westernmost of the “Three Sisters” of Beach Point (also known as the flats section of Mayflower Heights). It is owned by Judy, Mark, and Cathy Curby, children of Ann (Ward) Curby and William Adolph Curby, who served as commodore of the Provincetown Yacht Club. Ann’s aunt, Helen Ashton Ward, acquired the cottage in 1909. What looks like a platform stuck in the sand with a little shack on it (pictured) was once a harborside deck. “When built, water came up and under it,” Marianne Boswell told me in 2013. “Our beach gains land every year.” Boswell owns the easternmost “sister,” Hancock Cottage, 16 Hobson Street, with Richard Frost and Emily Bloch, her cousin. The middle “sister” is 11A Mermaid, Leeward Cottage, owned by Neil Hanscomb, whose family has been in the neighborhood since the 1890s, Boswell said.


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