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Celebrating our 42nd year of sailing to Provincetown

FERRY TALES PHOTO ALBUM 42nd HOME

In all of the 170 years of there being a ferry running between Boston and Provincetown, NO steamship company has been fortunate enough to have provided service longer than 26 years. Economic twists and turns and over-competition made service between Boston and Provincetown a revolving door of steamship operators since 1842. We are extraordinarily grateful to have found a way to make it to our 42nd year of providing service to the great community of Provincetown.

Thank you for helping make it possible to get to this milestone. We've assembled this special section of our website to help commemorate our 42nd year. Sailing between Boston and Provincetown is a great American tradition. In sailing with us, you are participating in a storied New England summer activity even older than that of baseball. We look forward to the chance of including you in the great pastime.

170 years in pictures

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Notable Moments

1842

First steamship service begins between Boston and Provincetown

1883

The Steamship LONGFELLOW becomes the first vessel constructed specifically for the Boston-Provincetown ferry route

1901

Boston's baseball team, the RED STOCKINGS, is founded.

1965

The passenger ferry BOSTON BELLE ceases operation to Provincetown, beginning an eight year span of time during which no ferry service exists between Boston and Provincetown. This is the first time since 1842 without a ferry connection to Boston.

1973

Bay State Cruise Company resurrects ferry service between Boston and Provincetown with the newly constructed MV PROVINCETOWN, restarting the P'town economy's desperately needed ferry connection.

1980

Bay State Cruises upgrades their ferry service to Provincetown with the 25% faster and 100% larger, 1,137 passenger MV PROVINCETOWN II.

1999

Bay State Cruises introduces the first fast ferry service between Boston and Provincetown with the PROVINCETOWN EXPRESS

2004

Bay State Cruises introduces its fourth ferry, dedicated soley to service to Ptown with the PROVINCETOWN III

2012

Bay State Cruises celebrates the start of its 40th season of serving the Boston-Provincetown ferry run!

2013

Bay State launches its 5th ferry for the Boston-Ptown run, the PROVINCETOWN IV