145 Commercial Street.
Artemas Paine (1815-1883) was a first cousin of the brothers Joshua Paine and Capt. Lysander N. Paine, whose own wharf — J. & L. N. Paine’s — stretched into the harbor from 105 Commercial Street. In his three-part Advocate series on the wharves of Provincetown in October 1941, Irving S. Rogers said this structure was 500 feet long and used for unloading, packing, and shipping fish.¹ It appeared in an 1880 atlas, from which these images were taken, but had disappeared by 1910, leaving only a short stub at the end of the Paines’ fish house.
This detail is taken from the Atlas of Barnstable County (1880), as is the thumbnail, but it’s been rotated, the crop has been widened to show more context, and the colors have been given greater contrast for clarity. Courtesy of Ken Janson and Robert Vetrick.
¶ Last updated on 9 April 2019.
145 Commercial Street on the Town Map.
Also at 145-147 Commercial Street:
Thumbnail image: From the Atlas of Barnstable County (1880), courtesy of Ken Janson and Robert Vetrick.
For further reading online
• Artemas Paine (1815-1883)
Find a Grave Memorial No. 120965373.
¹ “Puffs and Pot Shots,” by Irving S. Rogers, The Provincetown Advocate, 9 October 1941, Page 2.