Provincetown counts among its citizens many heroes of the sea. One of the most conspicuous was John C. Corea, who lived in this house (c1870/80) with his wife, Rosella Corea. He spent his boyhood fishing with his father aboard the Leona & Gabriel. In the Coast Guard in 1954, he was commanding the Nantucket Lightship when it was hit by a 70-foot wave during Hurricane Edna. He helped save his crew and vessel. He also commanded the Wood End and Race Point Lifesaving Stations and was credited by The Banner with restoring amity between the Coast Guard and the fishing fleet after Prohibition. The last act of his long public career was as town assessor, a post he held until 1972.