Introduction

fishing boat towing another
Geoff Rand
One fishing boat tows another, disabled one past Wood End.

After Thoreau visited in 1850, he declared Provincetown "the most completely maritime town that we were ever in." {HDT/CC, p229}

A fishing outport (never prosperous like New Bedford, Gloucester or even Marblehead), P-town in the 19th century was more remote by land than by water, its harbor an offshore refuge for great fleets of mackerel schooners.

Throughout the 20th century, the artistic and the alternative have added a distinctive culture to that maritime heritge. Today Provincetown draws much of its character from its visitors. All summer long, boats fill the harbor and there is a real vitality in the streets.

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