94 Commercial Street

Francis "Flyer" Santos, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Francis “Flyer” Santos, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

On the face of it, this is a marvelous Queen Anne-style house from the late 19th century. But equally captivating and distinguished are the men whose home this has been. Capt. Marion Augustine “Bertie” Perry was master and part owner of the trawling schooner Rose Dorothea, which won the fisherman’s race off Boston in 1907 and captured the Lipton Cup, a source of pride to this day. The boat’s name honored his wife, Rose Dorothea McGowan. It is meet and right that the house should have been owned since 1944 by Francis “Flyer” Santos, the founder of Flyer’s Boatyard and builder of the half-scale model of the Rose Dorothea that perpetually astonishes visitors to the Public Library. Besides being his home, No. 94 was the original headquarters of Flyer’s Boatyard. Flyer turned 100 in 2014, and the whole town happily celebrated along with his family. He died on Easter Sunday in 2015.

More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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