Frank “Biska” Taves was the son of a fisherman who had come from São Miguel in the Azores. He didn’t follow his father to sea, though his role in the fishery was as important as any man’s. Taves devoted his life to building and repairing boats. His yard is still functioning and still bears his name. The boatyard was operating by 1941 and the marine railway, still operating, was constructed in the 1940s. It’s hard to conceive how busy this stretch of waterfront must have been in the 1950s and ’60s, when the Taves Boatyard was flanked by Flyer’s Boatyard and the Atlantic Coast Fisheries cold storage plant. On one Saturday in May 1962, Taves and Flyer’s simultaneously launched two rebuilt draggers. The yard was purchased in 1994 by a trust controlled by Alfred J. Pickard Jr. of Wellfleet, who runs the Wellfleet Marine Corporation with Donna (Harrington) Pickard.
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