Flyer’s main building.

The heart of the Flyer’s Boat Shop and Flyer’s Boat Rental operations may be out on the wharf, dock, and marine railway, but the many other functions of the business are nestled together under one roof in this utilitarian structure. It was originally constructed in 1955 by the contractor Jesse Meads (1896-1965) for Francis A. “Flyer” Santos (1914-2015), who’d moved his boatyard to this site four years earlier. Before it was constructed, Santos’s boatwrights stored their tools in a garage behind Cookie’s Tap, 133 Commercial Street, courtesy of Clara (Cabral) Cook (1900-1988).

John “Nonnie” Fields, a retired trapboat captain; Larry Meads; and Flyer Santos in the workshop in 1969. Photo in the collection of Francis John Santos.

Flyer’s main building in 1957, two years after it was constructed by Jesse Meads. Postcard in the Scrapbooks of Althea Boxell, Book 2, Page 127, from the Provincetown History Preservation Project website, Page 965.

The first floor houses the workshop and office. On the second floor are two apartments; a three-bedroom unit or Flyer’s son Francis John “Grassy” Santos, who has run the boatyard and rental business since his father’s retirement in 1978, and a one-bedroom apartment for employees. (Santos uses 1 Good Templar Place as his personal address.) The third floor holds a 1,600-square-foot, four-bedroom rental apartment, with a broad deck overlooking Flyer’s wharf and dock and railway, and Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay beyond.

The main building of Flyer’s Boat Shop and Flyer’s Boat Rental, seen in 2011. Good Templar Place is the paved way at right-center. The Taves Boatyard workshop is at right. David W. Dunlap.

Close-up of the four-bedroom rental apartment at the top of Flyer’s main building. David W. Dunlap (2011).

A portfolio of photos inside the main building, taken in 2010 by David W. Dunlap.

¶ Last updated on 21 January 2019.

131A Commercial Street on the Town Map.

Also at 131A Commercial Street:

Flyer’s Boat Rental | Flyer’s Boat Shop (General article).

Flyer’s boat rental shed.

Flyer’s marine railway.

Flyer’s dock.

Flyer’s pier (Proposed).

Puritan Fish Freezing Company cold storage plant.

Puritan Cold Storage Pier.

Thumbnail image: Photo, 2010, by David W. Dunlap.

For further reading online

• Clara (Cabral) Cook

Find a Grave Memorial No. 91341793.

• John “Nonnie” Fields

Find a Grave Memorial No. 106334096.

• Jesse Meads

Find a Grave Memorial No. 54247386.

• Francis A. “Flyer” Santos

Find a Grave Memorial No. 106905618.

• Rental apartment at 1 Good Templar Place

HomeAway website, Property No. 111791.

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