I think it sad that nobody has reviewed this necessary and extremely useful Provincetown landmark. While it is merely a conduit to many activities, the beautiful restoration that was done about a decade ago, turned this multi-use property into a gentle work of art.
While fishing vessels, sailboats, whale watch boats, pleasure cruises, high-speed ferries, and such, are the expected users of a maritime wharf, this wharf also houses the Whydah Museum, which is home to authentic relics from a real pirate vessel, as well as several small artist sheds, from which local artisans showcase their wares. The end of the pier, near the Ferry launch, is often home to concerts, bazaars, themed events, even weddings, and the numerous comfortable benches allow for photography, thoughtful sea viewings, even nighttime strolls in the gentle breezes.
Local and visiting kids are ofen spotted jumping cannonballs into the water or skateboarding up the boards, and fishermen, fresh with the day's catch, can be spotted with what might be the next day's daily specials. The harbormaster's office building houses restrooms, which people fresh off sailing cruises or whale watches will appreciate.
The first thing many visitors see (as so many arrive via ferry or bus, and the buses arrive right in front of the wharf), deserves to be at least mentioned for its simple beauty, its multi-use functionality, and its legacy in a town reliant upon its water access.
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