The last sinking of a fishing vessel in the Provincetown fleet with a multiple loss of life occurred 1 May 1984, when Victory II, under the 28-year-old Capt. Kenneth Macara II, went down near Billingsgate Shoal after its net became entangled in an old mooring. The skipper and two other men perished. The tragedy resonated through town, but perhaps nowhere more heavily than at 72 Franklin, where Captain Macara’s parents, Kenneth and Ruth (Koontz) Macara, had been living since 1966. The older Kenneth (pictured) was a fisherman; his wife worked at the Bonnie Doone Restaurant and Provincetown Inn before having children. Cheryl Lynn and Joel Alan Macara — Captain Macara’s brother — now own this house with his father.
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