In 1778, Peaked Hill Bars bested a dreaded symbol of British imperial power: H.M.S. Somerset, the 64-gun ship-of-the-line that had terrorized the people of Boston and Charlestown, figuring in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride” as “A phantom ship, with each mast and spar / Across the moon like a prison-bar, / And a huge black hulk, that was magnified / By its own reflection in the tide.” More pictures and history»
It was at the wharves that women parted from their husbands. It was to the wharves that they returned trembling when a fishing vessel, gone too long, returned with its flag at half mast — if it returned at all. The women of Provincetown, who also faced the sea, were often overlooked when men accounted for the heroism of the fishery. So perhaps some cosmic leveling explains the fact that the women received their waterfront tribute, They Also Faced the Sea, by Norma Holt (d 2013) and Ewa Nogiec, a decade before the unveiling of the Provincetown Fishermen’s Memorial project. The installation certainly catches most visitors’ eyes, as it can be seen prominently on arrival and departure from MacMillan Wharf. But it is not Fishermen’s Wharf only distinction.
The original pier shed of Sklaroff’s Wharf, forerunner of Fishermen’s Wharf. [Link]
A 40-foot, 30-ton commercial fishing vessel built in 1987 by Marinette Marine and registered to James M. Costa, according to BoatInfoWorld.com.
Noted in “List of Provincetown Whalers,” an appendix to The Provincetown Book (Tolman Print, 1922), by Nancy W. Paine Smith, available on Google Books.
1866. This was the vessel that rescued the figurehead that adorns the Figurehead House at 476 Commercial Street. That story is related by Josef Berger — writing pseudonymously as Jeremiah Digges — in Cape Cod Pilot (1937), pages 259-260. Noted in “List of Provincetown Whalers,” an appendix to The Provincetown Book (Tolman Print, 1922), by Nancy W. Paine Smith, available on Google Books. Noted in Wooden Ships and Iron Men (Heritage Museum, 1994), by Reginald W. Cabral and James Theriault, available as a PDF file from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.
1850. Noted in Wooden Ships and Iron Men (Heritage Museum, 1994), by Reginald W. Cabral and James Theriault, available as a PDF file from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.