2020 Commercial 131A PierFlyer’s pier (Proposed).

In 2017, Francis John “Grassy” Santos applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to build a 617-foot-long pier at the end of a 216-foot-long wharf extension of the dock at Flyer’s Boat Rental. “The purpose of this work is to gain access to deeper water and to prevent existing floats from bottoming out,” the corps said in its précis of the application, which was made formally by the F. J. Santos Living Trust.¹ It would be the most significant new waterfront structure since the nearby Coast Guard Pier, whose length Flyer’s Pier would nearly rival. “The entire structure will extend approximately 985 feet beyond mean high water,” the corps said. That is as long as the Eiffel Tower is high, or — to put it in local terms — nearly four Pilgrim Monuments.

2020 Commercial 131A Pier
A diagram by David W. Dunlap, based on plans in the Army Corps of Engineers application, shows the existing conditions at left and the proposed wharf and pier at Flyer’s Boat Rental.

¶ Last updated on 15 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 main building.

Flyer’s boat rental shed.

Flyer’s marine railway.

Flyer’s dock.

Puritan Fish Freezing Company cold storage plant.

Puritan Cold Storage Pier.

Thumbnail image: Cross-section of the proposed pier structure, from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers File No. NAE-2017-1193.

¹ “Application by F. J. Santos Living Trust,” 8 June 2017, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, File No. NAE-2017-1193.

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