The museum was closed but their yard had one of the last vessels built in Essex, rescued after it sunk in the mud and lay there for many years.
The boat named the Evangelina M. Goulart, was uniquely designed to bridge the gap between sailing and engine powered fishing boats. She could do both. Plus, she was built for regular fishing and net dragging, where huge nets were dragged along the ocean floor, a new technology then.
She achieved fame as a champion sword fishing vessel, twice breaking the North Atlantic record for swordfish harpooned in a single voyage. On both occasions, the Evelina landed over three hundred swordfish in under three weeks.
Swordfish petered out in the 1950's and she became a full time dragger until her demise.
When in New England, eat fish. I was happy to comply, trying the calamari salad for dinner. Yum!