Old Cape Cod That Land of Heart’s Desire by John Chipman
Cape Cod is often referred to as “God’s Country” as it is in the poem by John Chipman printed on the above antique postcard. The top illustration shows the steamer Dorthy Bradford (the Boston Boat ) heading from Boston to Provincetown, the best town from which to start your Cape Cod visit. Today you can visit via the Fast Ferry. Chipman writes of hearing the waves pounding on the short and says “no place in the world shines the sun so bright or the moon so full on a summer’s night.”
“”They make you as welcome as flowers in Spring A hand clasp that thrills way down to the toes In the greeting one gets whereever he goes.”
That sense of intimacy is one of the characteristics of a small town. It’s one reason why so many people gravitate towards places like Provincetown. Want to experience more of what it’s like to live in Provincetown, who maybe what it could have been like for some residents in the 1990’s. Buy a copy of the fabulous new novel, Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook available at bookstores and online in trade paperback and ebook. Like us at Facebook and keep the conversation going.
The Steamer Dorothy Bradford arriving in Provincetown in 1911
The “Boston Boat” has been a fixture in Provincetown culture since the first ferry boat connected the city of Boston to the furthermost tip of Cape Cod in 1883. The first boat was named The Longfellow and it was replaced in 1911 by the Dorothy Bradford shown above docking at Railroad Pier, now known as MacMillan Pier (named for the famous arctic explorer). Operated by the Cape Cod Steamship Company, the Dorothy Bradford was in service until 1937. Today seasonal ferry service between Boston and Provincetown is provided by the Bay State Cruise Company. The Provincetown III makes it possible to get from Boston to Provincetown in just 90 minutes. The 2013 season begins on May 17th and will operate until mid October. For a lower price on Saturdays, visitors can take the Provincetown II for a lower price and a slower three hour journey. Either way, approaching Cape Cod by water provides beautiful scenery on a clear day. And it’s the beautiful scenery and the proximity to water that has the characters in Remaining in Provincetown so committed to the town, despite its seasonal economic challenges. What is it like to live in the town when the “Boston Boat” is not running and tourists are few? You’ll have to read the book , now available at Amazon.com, to find out.