Eddie Ritter, the last of the Provincetown dory fishermen, dies at 72

Eddie Ritter, the town’s iconic fisherman who was often painted and photographed rowing his orange dory through Provincetown Harbor, led the Flounder Flop at the Old Colony Tap and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, died of cancer at home on Saturday, March 4. He was 72 years old. Ritter was drafted into the Army and was part of a reconnaissance platoon until 1967. Two years after he got out, a friend told him about Provincetown. He came to town as a visitor for a few years, moving permanently in 1974 or 1975, after Joan Connors, the mother of their son, Sasha, moved to Provincetown. It was here that he found his sea legs through a friend who was working aboard the commercial vessel Cap’n Bill. Ritter was asked if he wanted to go scalloping. It was a life-altering trip — he was hooked. Though he was taken with fishing, he didn’t want to spend all his time on big commercial vessels. Ritter wanted to fish from a dory, a boat with a flat bottom, high sides and a sharp bow. Read this interesting story here, and lets celebrate the life of Eddie Ritter, P-Towns last dory man. 14:32

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