Nautical motifs are a dime a dozen on the Cape. But sometimes, they’re authentic and truly expressive. The tricolor lobster at No. 46 marks the home of Joady and Alex Brown (pictured), a lobsterman, oysterman, fisherman, and trap builder — one of few who still live in town. Also here are his 19-foot Garvey skiff (pictured), when she’s not in the water; his companies, Victory Fisheries and the Sandbar Oyster Company; his gear and trap-making operation; copper piping from a long-ago moonshine still; and the rusted-out hulk of a 1938 Chevrolet, at the foot of the hillside behind the house. Brown said it was once used to transport the hooch made on the site, though customers could also take advantage of a surreptitious drive-up window for bottle deliveries. There’s even deeper history embedded in the house, which has silvery streaked planks indicating that they came from salt works.
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