A Provincetown classic

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The Provincetown fleet was comprised mostly of Eastern rig draggers, 50- to 60- foot wooden vessels with rounded sterns, deep drafts and aft pilot houses, hulls that dated back to when masts first were cut off fishing schooners and engines were added. Here, the Plymouth Belle, a 55-footer built in 1948, is shown underway with her nets hung to dry off Provincetown in 1979. In a 2006 storm, Liberty Belle wrecked on Race Point, and at low tide, her bones are still visible there.