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2020 Commercial 159 DxOAtlantic Avenue Landing | 159 Commercial Street.

The Fifth Town Landing, guaranteeing the public a passageway to the waterfront at the foot of Atlantic Avenue, was established in 1837. It is 14 feet wide and ends in a set of wooden steps. You would think it would disqualify itself for through vehicular traffic, but an automobile driver did attempt to navigate the Atlantic Avenue Landing one evening in September 2016, with predictably disastrous (but happily not injurious) results. It’s certainly a well-traveled pedestrian way at night, as the principal route to the “Dick Dock” under the Boatslip Resort & Beach Club, 161 Commercial Street. The landing was closed and torn up from 2018 to 2019 to permit the construction of a new seawall for 157A Commercial Street, which crosses under the landing and connects to the Boatslip.


2020 Commercial 159The Atlantic Avenue Landing, shown in a postcard that was mailed in 1929. To the left is the boat house that once stood behind the Nautilus Club, 161 Commercial Street. To the right is 157A Commercial Street. The image was posted by Salvador R. Vasques III on his My Provincetown Memorabilia Collection Facebook page, 9 January 2019.


2020 Commercial 159 DxOThe landing in 2018, photographed by David W. Dunlap.


¶ Last updated on 22 February 2020.


Fifth Town Landing (159 Commercial Street) on the Town Map.


Thumbnail image: Photo, 2018, by David W. Dunlap.


For further research online:

Provincetown Police Investigate Bizarre Accident Wednesday Evening,” CapeCod.com, 15 September 2016.

Clock Ticks for Cape Cod Docks at Town Landing,” by Katy Ward, The Provincetown Banner/Wicked Local, 23 May 2019.


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