18 Franklin Street

18 Franklin Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.18 Franklin Street Condominium

They call a lot of buildings “captain’s houses” in Provincetown. Sounds good for the transient trade. But 18 Franklin Street, unheralded as such, really was a captain’s house: Capt. Antone Almeida White (±1871-1943), who came to Provincetown from São Miguel in the Azores around 1890 and skippered three fishing schooners: the Natalie J. Nelson, which lost six dorymen in an awful 1917 storm; the William A. Morse; and the Harmony.

White also owned the Reliance, a gasoline sloop. Upon coming home from the sea around 1930, he went to work at the Cape Cod Cold Storage. His stepson Anthony Motto also lived here. Souza’s son, Jordan Howard Souza, was killed during World War II, but his body was not returned from Germany for reburial in Provincetown until 1949. The young soldier’s body arrived on the Cape at Yarmouth and was accompanied home under military escort and an honor guard.

The property was converted into a two-unit condominium in 2008. • Historic District SurveyAssessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 ¶ Posted 2012-12-25

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