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View from Manta's Wharf, 180 Commercial Street Provincetown
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The brig D. A. Small is tied up to Dyer’s Wharf in a view of ca. 1899 encompassing an area about one-half block east and west of Winthrop Street. Coming to the United States in 1854, Joseph Manta followed the sea until 1876, when he started a grocery store nearly west of the wharf bearing his name, which he purchased in 1882. Manta soon became extensively involved in the wholesale fishing business, acting as agent for several large schooners engaged in the fresh fish business. He was also listed in Provincetown’s 1886 directory as a “fish maker,” meaning he prepared dried salt cod. Neither his wharf nor Dyer’s still exist, but the large white building across the street from the Centenary Methodist Church is still run as Dyer’s Hardware Store.

This was from the book Old Provincetown in Early Photographs by Irma Ruckstuhl, 1987.


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